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Signature validation failed. Unable to match ‘kid’

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I came across this error trying to validate tokens between a React app and an Okta developer page and Stack Overflow was giving me nothing.

On the client side, I was using the oidc-client.js, like so:

  const oidcConfiguration: any = {
    authority: env.__AUTH_AUTHORITY__,
    redirect_uri: env.__AUTH_REDIRECT_URI__,
    post_logout_redirect_uri: env.__AUTH_POST_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URI__,
    silent_redirect_uri: env.__AUTH_SILENT_RENEW_URI__,
    client_id: env.__AUTH_CLIENT_ID__,
    response_type: 'id_token token',
    scope: 'openid profile email',
  }

The authority was my dev account, something like https://dev-123456.okta.com. I got this working and managed to get myself an access token.

On the .net core side, I was using basic JWT validation. I had been using Okta’s example but they amount to the same thing.

// Add JWT Bearer authentication
services.AddAuthentication( sharedOptions => {
      sharedOptions.DefaultAuthenticateScheme = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
      sharedOptions.DefaultChallengeScheme    = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
   } )
   .AddJwtBearer( options => {
      options.Authority = this._configuration["Auth:Authority"];
      options.Audience  = this._configuration["Auth:Audience"];
   } );

Using the same authority as getting the token, I got an error message that told me I needed to set up an authorization server. I set one up that was, by default, something like https://dev-123456.okta.com/oauth2/default. When I tried to authenticate my token against this server, I got the error “Signature validation failed. Unable to match ‘kid’”.

The solution turned out to be pretty simple: The client has to be changed to also use https://dev-123456.okta.com/oauth2/default to get the token instead of just https://dev-123456.okta.com.

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