Signature Verification

It is strongly recommended to use a signature mechanism to verify the contents of a request or redirection made to your servers. This prevents customers from tampering with the data in the data exchanges between your servers and our payment system.

A unique signature is sent each time HiPay contacts any merchant’s URL, notification or redirection.


First of all, you need to set a secret passphrase in your HiPay Enterprise back office under “Integration -> Security Settings -> Secret Passphrase”.

Secret passphrase: The secret passphrase is used to generate a unique character string (signature) hashed with SHA algorithm. The security level of the password depends on its length. A long password is more secure.


There are two types of requests you’ll need to verify : Notifications sent to your servers, and Redirection URLs. The Signature Algorithm is different depending on the type of request you wish to verify. 

Notification URL

For the notification URL, the signature is sent on the HTTP header under the HTTP_X_ALLOPASS_SIGNATURE parameter. To check this point, you just need to concatenate the passphrase with the POST content of the query. 

Notification signature algorithm

SHA signature = SHA1(Raw POST Data + Secret Passphrase)

Redirection URL

For each redirection page (accept page, decline page, etc.), the signature is sent under the “hash” parameter. To check this point, you must concatenate the parameters, the values of each of them and the passphrase under the following conditions: 

      1. The parameter must be predefined, 
      2. The value can’t be empty, 
      3. The parameters must be sorted in alphabetical order.

Please note: you must remove any personal parameter from the query to only include the HiPay parameters.

Redirection URL signature algorithm

    • paramC = val3
    • paramA = val1
    • paramB = val2
    • passphrase = passphrase
    • SHA signature = SHA1(paramAval1passphraseparamBval2passphraseparamCval3passphrase)

Please note that if your URL contains custom_data parameters, you’ll need to use simple quotes in order to concatenate the json object. 

Concatenation example 

Parameters : 

  • amount = 125.7
  • currency = EUR
  • custom_data = {“testing”:true}
  • orderid = 15424657
  • passphrase = SecretPassphrase

The concatenated string will be : 


(note that the “true” boolean value was changed to a stringified “1”)

The resulting sha1 hash will be : 



      $secretPassphrase = 'mypassphrase';
       //Secret Passphrase
       $string2compute = '';
       if (isset($_GET['hash'])) {
           // If it is a redirection
           $signature = $_GET['hash'];
           $parameters = $_GET;
           foreach ($parameters as $name => $value) {
               if (strlen($value)>0) {
                       $string2compute .= $name . $value . $secretPassphrase;
       else {
           // If it is a notification
           $signature = $_SERVER['HTTP_X_ALLOPASS_SIGNATURE'];
           $string2compute = file_get_contents("php://input"). $secretPassphrase;
       $computedSignature = sha1($string2compute);
       // true if OK, false if not
       if ($computedSignature == $signature) {
           $message = 'OK';
       else {
           $message = 'KO';