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Classic ASP SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) with Okta as IDP

Classic ASP SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your Classic ASP applications. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your Classic ASP application and services. Our module is compatible with all the SAML compliant identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) between Classic ASP and Okta considering Okta as IdP.

Steps to configure Classic ASP SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP

1. Setup Connector for application on IIS

  • Extract the downloaded asp-net-saml-sso-connector zip file to get ASP.NET SAML 2.0 Connector.
  • Add the connector as separate application on IIS
  • To Add Application in IIS Manager, copy the extracted folder to the following path: C:\inetpub\wwwroot.
  • Open IIS manager.In left panel right click on your site and click Add Application.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector iis manager
  • Add Alias Name for your application. For example: ssoapp
  • Give the Physical path where you have copied the Application: C:\inetpub\wwwroot\asp-net-saml-sso-connector-xxx.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector  add app

2. Steps to give authority/permission to users to use SAML Connector

  • Go to this path C:\inetpub\wwwroot\
  • Right click the asp-net-saml-sso-connector-xxx and select Properties
  • Select the Security tab and click the Edit button.
  • Select IIS_IUSRS in under Group or Usernames option.
  • Give Full Control permission for IIS_IUSRS container as shown in the figure below:
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector permission

3. Open miniOrange SAML ASP.NET Connector on Browser

  • Open any browser and go to the following link: https://<new-application-base-url>/.
  • Login or Register to SAML connector in order to access the connector's admin dashboard.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector  mo saml dll register

4. Configure Okta as IDP

  • You need to provide SP Entity ID and ACS URL values while configuring your Identity Provider. Just copy and paste the SP Entity ID and ACS URL from connector to your IdP configuration page.You can refer to the image below.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector sp settings
  • Log in to Okta Developer Console.
  • In Okta Developer site, navigate to Applications tab and select Applications.
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - add_application
  • Click on the Create App Integration button to create new app.
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • Click on the SAML 2.0.
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • In General Settings tab, enter App Name and click on Next button.
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • In SAML Settings, enter the following:
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - SAML_SETTINGS
    Single Sign On URL Enter ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider metadata tab of the module.
    Audience URI (SP Entity ID) Enter SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the module.
  • Configure Group Attribute Statements (Optional) and click on Next button.
  • ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as IDP - Add_Attributes
  • If you have integrated your Active Directory in Okta and want to map the AD groups, please make sure that you have added the OUs used to import groups.You will also need to map the member of attribute under the integrated directory’s configuration.

5. Configure ASP.NET SAML Connector as Service Provider

  • After configuring your Identity Provider, it will provide you with IDP Entity ID, IDP Single Sign On URL and x.509 Certificate. Configure these values under IDP Entity ID, Single Sign-On Url and SAML X509 Certificate fields respectively.
  • Click Save to Save your IDP details.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector idp settings

6. Testing SAML SSO

  • Click on Test Configuration button to test whether the connector is configured correctly or not.
  • The below Screenshot shows a successful result.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector Test Configuration

7. Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping helps you to get attributes in your ASP.NET application received from your IdP and map them to your user attributes in application.
  • Attributes received in successful test configuration are used for attribute mapping.
  • You can refer to the below image for attribute mapping:
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector attribute mapping

8. Integration Code

  • miniOrange SSO connector will POST a signed JWT token on this endpoint which will contain the authenticated user's info. So, first create a POST endpoint in your application.
  • Download the integration library (.dll file ) using the download option in the integration tab and add it to your project. This library contains the classes and methods with which you can verify the JWT token signature and also retrieve the user attributes from the token.
  • Use string token, string public_key function to verify the token signature.It takes token (string) and public_key (string) as parameters and returns a bool value after verification.
  • Once the verification returns true, then use getUserAttr(string token, string attr_name) function to retrieve user attributes from the token. It takes token (string) and attr_name (string) as parameters and returns attribute value (string) on success otherwise it returns an empty string.
  • Add the namespace as "Miniorange.SSO.SAML.Integrate"
  • You can refer to the example below for the integration part: Integrate intgtr= new Integrate(); // create instance for Integrate class
    string public_key = "1wEaPr7h34Ts+DbgPytEqwkcJlybYwOTyBVD4GryebjSIF....................";
    //Your public key displayed above.
    string token = Request.Form["token"];
    string username ="";
    if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(token)) {
    // Verifying if the token is received from the trusted source.
    if ( intgtr.Verify(token, public_key))
    { username = intgtr.getUserAttr(token, "userid"); // retrieve the attribute value using getUserAttr method }
    } // using the received attributes from token you can create the session for that user.

9. Login Setup

  • Provide the created endpoint URL for your ASP.NET application in Login Setup where you will read the JWT Token with the user attributes.
  • Click on the Save button.
  • Okta ASP.Net SAML Connector login Setup

10. Add SSO Link

  • Use the following URL as a link in your application from where you want to perform SSO:
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://<application-base-url>/request.aspx”>Log in</a>"

11. Add SLO Link

  • Use the following URL as a link in your application from where you want to perform SLO:
  • For example you can use it as:
    <a href="https://<application-base-url>/singlelogout.aspx”>Logout</a>"

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