Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable provides the ability to
authenticate against credentials stored in a database table. Because
Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable requires an instance of
Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract to be passed to its
constructor, each instance is bound to a particular database
connection. Other configuration options may be set through the
constructor and through instance methods, one for each option.
The available configuration options include:
tableName: This is the name of the database table that contains the authentication credentials, and against which the database authentication query is performed.
identityColumn: This is the name of the database table column used to represent the identity. The identity column must contain unique values, such as a username or e-mail address.
credentialColumn: This is the name of the database table column used to represent the credential. Under a simple identity and password authentication scheme, the credential value corresponds to the password. See also the credentialTreatment option.
credentialTreatment: In many cases, passwords and other sensitive data are encrypted, hashed, encoded, obscured, salted or otherwise treated through some function or algorithm. By specifying a parameterized treatment string with this method, such as '
MD5(?)' or '
PASSWORD(?)', a developer may apply such arbitrary SQL upon input credential data. Since these functions are specific to the underlying RDBMS, check the database manual for the availability of such functions for your database system.
Example 58. Basic Usage
As explained in the introduction, the
Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable constructor requires an
Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract that serves as
the database connection to which the authentication adapter
instance is bound. First, the database connection should be
The following code creates an adapter for an in-memory database, creates a simple table schema, and inserts a row against which we can perform an authentication query later. This example requires the PDO SQLite extension to be available:
// Create an in-memory SQLite database connection
$dbAdapter = new Zend_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Sqlite(array('dbname' =>
// Build a simple table creation query
$sqlCreate = 'CREATE TABLE [users] ('
. '[id] INTEGER NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, '
. '[username] VARCHAR(50) UNIQUE NOT NULL, '
. '[password] VARCHAR(32) NULL, '
. '[real_name] VARCHAR(150) NULL)';
// Create the authentication credentials table
// Build a query to insert a row for which authentication may succeed
$sqlInsert = "INSERT INTO users (username, password, real_name) "
. "VALUES ('my_username', 'my_password', 'My Real Name')";
// Insert the data
With the database connection and table data available, an
Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable may be
created. Configuration option values may be passed to the
constructor or deferred as parameters to setter methods after
// Configure the instance with constructor parameters...
$authAdapter = new Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable(
// ...or configure the instance with setter methods
$authAdapter = new Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable($dbAdapter);
At this point, the authentication adapter instance is ready to
accept authentication queries. In order to formulate an
authentication query, the input credential values are passed to
the adapter prior to calling the
// Set the input credential values (e.g., from a login form)
// Perform the authentication query, saving the result
In addition to the availability of the
getIdentity() method upon the authentication result
Zend_Auth_Adapter_DbTable also supports
retrieving the table row upon authentication success:
// Print the identity
echo $result->getIdentity() . "\n\n";
// Print the result row
[id] => 1
[username] => my_username
[password] => my_password
[real_name] => My Real Name
Since the table row contains the credential value, it is important to secure the values against unintended access.