Friday, January 10, 2020

Using Azure device code authentication on a arduino iot 33 and getting the Teams presence from the Microsoft Graph

A while ago I published this post on accessing the Graph directly from an Arduino, this made use of the "resource owner password credentials grant" (meaning it used a hard coded username and password). Once you have enabled MFA (multi factor authentication) on an account this grant no longer works because you have no ability to provide the other factors for the Authentication to succeed.  For devices like Arduino's or most IOT devices that have very limited UI capabilities this is where device code authentication can be used.

The way Device Code Authentication works is instead of posting the user credentials to the token endpoint to get an access token, you make a post first to the /v2.0/devicecode endpoint which will then give you a specific user code to use to authenticate with on another device. You then visit http://microsoft.com/devicelogin (on a pc or mobile device) enter the user code and authenticate as the required user doing any extra MFA authentication. In the meantime the limited UI device polls the Token Endpoint and once authentication has been completed(on the external device) instead of the endpoint returning a pending error the poll results will be a normal Access token (and refresh token) that can then be used to access any Graph resources you have access to.

Visually on the Serial port here is what the whole process looks like on the Arduino

The last part of this code makes a request to get the Presence from Microsoft Teams which was introduced into beta in the Microsoft Graph in December see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/graph/api/resources/presence?view=graph-rest-beta.

So putting this all together you can make a simple Teams presence light with a circuit like (circuit is for demonstration purposes only)


and processing the Presence result you can get returned from the Graph using the code I've referenced below

A few notes on Device code Authentication, its important when you setup your App Registration in the Azure Portal that you mark your registration as public "Treat application as a public client" eg



Device code requests must be made against the Tenant endpoint (so you can't use the common endpoint). In the code I've included discovery code that gets the tenant specific endpoint to use based on the domain name stored in the Secrets file.

Also if your reading this because your following the documentation for Device code on https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/develop/v2-oauth2-device-code and you can't get it to work there is an issue with the payload information in the document. Where device_code is used as a parameter name in the payload in the documentation it should just be code with your device code as the value.

I've put the sketch which contains the code I've used for Device Code authentication and grabbing the presence from the Microsoft Graph on GitHub here https://github.com/gscales/MS-Graph-Arduino/tree/master/MSGraph-Presence please refer to my previous article on details on getting you code up and running on an Arduino Iot33 which include downloading the SSL certs to the device which is required (also flash the firmware).

A couple of notes on the code because the Json parsing library I used can't handle the access token response I needed to manually parse the token out (which is a little frustrating) but is one of the chanllendges of working with Arduino's and dealing with the issues that limited memory causes.