I have built both SharePoint hosted and provided hosted apps. One thing I think that is not obvious is when you are required to set up the S2S Security token issuer service (STS) to provide access tokens for authentication.

Am I correct in thinking that this is only really required for on prem provider hosted apps and even with those, when you are using managed code e.g Token.cs?

Therefore you can happily create an Developer Site or even a App catalogue for SharePoint hosted apps and be blissfully unaware of the above prereq?

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SharePoint 2013 on-premises can use either the low-trust or high-trust model. Office 365 does not provide the ability to register high-trust apps, which makes sense because registering the public-key portion of the certificate requires farm administrator privileges (you do not have farm administrator privileges in O365).

Side note: It now makes perfect sense that apps obtained from the SharePoint Store can only be used when the app uses an Azure ACS trust. The store trusts ACS, SharePoint trusts ACS, and your app trusts ACS. This is how end users can obtain and install apps in a SharePoint farm without requiring a farm administrator.

In SharePoint hosted there is no need for authentication tokens as the app runs within SharePoint. See this for more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kaevans/archive/2014/07/14/high-trust-sharepoint-apps-on-non-microsoft-platforms.aspx

  • thanks for your answer and your useful link. However, in my question I guess I was referring to a "no need to trust" model and hence when is it appropriate to set up S2S. Mar 5, 2015 at 14:32
  • A trust needs to be established between SharePoint and the app. S2S can be used only in case of on-perm apps. And is appropriate if you don't want to go for Azure. Mar 5, 2015 at 14:38
  • Yes thanks I think you mean on prem provider hosted Apps which effectively means the run on IIS . Mar 5, 2015 at 15:10

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