Re-authenticating users in Symfony’s FOS User Bundle automatically from other authentication and separate user login systems

Let’s say your website uses Symfony’s “Friends of Symfony” FOS User Bundle but you also have different internal systems and other ways users can authenticate.  You don’t want to keep pestering the user to log back in, the better solution is to get your authentication system that’s outside the FOS User Bundle to talk to it.

You take extra security precautions, perhaps white list their IP and use some other encrypted cookies values.  Here’s one way you can “refresh” their login if you send the user back to a Symfony controller that falls under the FOS User Bundle’s firewall, which you’ve defined in your Symfony’s security.yml settings file.

So if you can extract the user’s email address from the cookies already set, hopefully through encrypted means, of course, you can essentially log them back in automatically by defining the $user as the object you actually get from the userManager object.

$userManager = $this->container->get('fos_user.user_manager');

   $token = new UsernamePasswordToken($user, null, 'main', $user->getRoles());


Be sure to add at the top of the controller the use of the the object:  use Symfony\Component\Security\Core\Authentication\Token\UsernamePasswordToken;

Learn more from Symfony’s documentation about Authentication.  The above is only one solution, I found the FOS User Bundle is pretty simple and flexible to work with.

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