Azure AD as IdP for Joomla



What is SSO ?


Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method that enables users to access multiple applications with  one-click login  and one set of credentials. For example, after users log in to your org, they can automatically access all apps from the App Launcher. When you set up SSO, you configure one system to trust another to authenticate users , eliminating users' need to log in to each system separately. The system that authenticates users is called an Identity provider. The system that trusts the identity provider for authentication is called the Service provider.

SAML allows exchanging of information between Service Provider and Identity provider, SAML is integration between SP and IDP. When a user tries to log in, your identity provider sends SAML assertions containing facts about the user to Identity Provider. Identity Provider receives the assertion, validates it against your Identity Provider configuration, and allows the user to access your org.


How to configure SSO with Azure Active Directory (AD) as Identity provider (IDP)
Joomla as Service provider (SP)


Miniorange provides the best SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution to Azure active directory (AD)/ Office 365 SSO. SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only login once each day and only use one set of credentials. Reducing login to one set of credentials improves enterprise security. When employees have to use separate passwords for each app, they usually don't. Single sign-on (SSO) is a highly secure user authentication process. SSO lets the users access multiple applications with a single account credential and sign out instantly with one click. Mini orange Joomla plugin supports SSO. To provide single sign-on services for your domain, Joomla acts as a service provider (SP) through the SAML (Secure Assertion Markup Language) standard.

Azure AD / Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla [SAML] can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML SP Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO login between Joomla site and Azure AD / Office 365 SAML SSO by considering Azure AD/Office 365 as IdP (Identity Provider) and Joomla as SP (Service Provider)



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To configure Azure AD as SAML IdP with Joomla, you will need to install the miniOrange Joomla SAML SP SSO plugin:

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Steps to configure Azure AD Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into Joomla


Follow the steps below to configure Azure AD as IdP

Step 1: Configure Azure AD as IdP

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select Azure Active DirectoryApp Registrations. Click on New Application Registration.

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  • Assign a Name and choose the account type.In the Redirect URI field, provide the ACS URL provided in Service Provider Info tab of the plugin and click on Register button.
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  • Now, navigate to Expose an API menu option and Click the Set button and replace the APPLICATION ID URI with the plugin's SP Entity ID

    Here, enter the SP Entity ID value from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin.

    NOTE: Please ensure that the SP Entity ID value from the Service Provider Metadata tab doesn't have a trailing slash('/'). If SP Entity ID has a trailing slash then update it by removing the trailing slash from the SP EntityID / Issuer field under the Service Provider Metadata tab of the plugin, enter the updated value at Azure and click on the Save button.


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  • Go back to Azure Active DirectoryApp Registrations window and click on Endpoints link.

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  • This will open up a window with multiple URLs listed there. Copy the Federation Metadata Document URL. This will be required while configuring the SAML plugin.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - federation metadata

Step 1: Configure Azure AD as IdP

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select Azure Active Directory ⇒ Enterprise Applications.

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  • Click on New Application.

  • SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure AD as Identity Provider (IdP),for SAML 2.0 Azure AD Login - New Application
  • Click on Non-gallery application section and enter the name for your app and click on Add button.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Add Non-Gallery Application
  • Click on Single sign-on from the application's left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for configuring single sign-on. Click on SAML.

  • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - Select SAML authentication SSO
  • Enter the SP Entity ID for Identifier and the ACS URL for Reply URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin.

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  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML token to the application under the Attributes tab.

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  • Copy App Federation Metadata Url. This will be used while configuring the SAML plugin.

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  • Assign users and groups to your SAML application
    • As a security control, Azure AD will not issue a token allowing a user to sign in to the application unless Azure AD has granted access to the user. Users may be granted access directly, or through group membership.
    • Click on Users and groups from the applications left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for assigning the users/groups to the application.
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    • After clicking on Add user, Select Users and groups in the Add Assignment screen.
    • The next screen presents the option for selecting user or invite an external user. Select the appropriate user and click on the Select button.
    • Configure Azure AD as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Azure AD SSO Login - add users
    • Here, you can also assign a role to this user under Select Role section. Finally, click on Assign button to assign that user or group to the SAML application.
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