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Moodle SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using CA Identity as IdP | CA Identity SSO Login

Moodle SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) using CA Identity as IdP | CA Identity SSO Login


SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) for your Moodle site can be achieved using our miniOrange SAML 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 Single Sign-On (SSO) between CA Identity as Identity Provider (IdP) and Moodle as Service Provider (SP).

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To configure CA Identity as IdP with Moodle, you will need to install the miniOrange SAML 2.0 SSO plugin:

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Steps to configure CA Identity Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into moodle (WP)

1. Setup CA Identity as IdP

Follow the steps below to configure CA Identity Manager as IdP

miniorange img Configure CA Identity Manager as IdP

  • In the Plugins tab scroll to Service Provider Metadata section you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity-ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
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    Note: For Single Sign On, make sure to install and setup CA SSO (formerly known as SiteMinder) with CA Identity Manager.

  • Log in to your CA SSO portal as a CA Single Sign-On administrator.
  • Click on Federation tab.
  • Now go to Partnership FederationEntities.
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    miniorange img Create a Local Identity Provider

    • Click on Create Entity.
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    • To create a local entity, configure the following:
      Entity Location Local
      Entity Type SAML2 IDP
      Entity ID Enter an ID for your local identity provider for identification.
      Entity Name Create a name for your local identity provider.
      Base URL Enter the fully-qualified domain name for the host service CA SSO Federation Web Services.
      Signed Authentication Requests Required No
      Supported NameID format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
      urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified
      CA Identity sso-2

    miniorange img Create a Remote Service Provider

    • Download Metadata XML File from the Service Provider Metadata Tab of the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin.
    • Click on Import Metadata and upload the downloaded XML metadata file.
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    • For Import As, select Remote Entity.
    • Provide a name for the Remote Service Provider Entity.
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    miniorange img Create a Partnership between SP and IDP

    • For creating a partnership, configure the following:
      Add Partnership Name Enter a name for your partnership.
      (Optional) Description Enter a relevant description for your partnership.
      Local IDP ID Enter the Local Identity Provider ID created while adding a Local Entity.
      Remote SP ID Enter the Remote Service Provider ID created while adding a Remote Entity.
      Base URL This field will be pre-populated.
      Skew Time Enter any skew time required by your environment.
      User Directories and Search Order Select the required directories in the required search order.
  • On the Federation Users page, add the users you want to include in the partnership.
  • In the Assertion Configuration section, configure following:
    • Name ID Format: Email Address
    • Name ID Type: User Attribute
    • Value: mail
    • (Optional) Assertion Attributes: Specify any application or group attributes that you want to map to users
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  • In the SSO and SLO section, perform the following steps:
    • SSO Binding: HTTP-POST
    • Transactions Allowed: Both IDP and SP initiated
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  • In the Signature and Encryption section, select Post Signature as Sign Both.

  • miniorange img Activate Partnership

    • In the Federation Partnership List, expand the Action dropdown for your partnership and click Activate.
    • To get the IDP metadata, Click the Action button and click Export Metadata. This data will be used to configure the plugin.

2. Configure Moodle as SP

We will go through the steps to setup Moodle as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.


In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Plugins tab. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Enter the IDP Name.
  • In the Service Provider Setup section choose Metadata URL/XML from Select the Method dropdown.
  • Copy and paste the IdP metadata URL or XML file in IDP Metadata URL/XML input field.
  • Click on the Click here to Test the configuration.
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B. Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. IDP Name, IDP Entity-ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
  • Click on the Click here to Test the configuration.
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Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
  • For the plugin to access these attributes, assign the values for Username and Email as 'NameID' (without quotes).
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Step 4: Role Mapping

  • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role that will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO. [NOTE: Roles will be assigned to new users created by SSO. Existing Moodle users’ roles will not be affected.]
  • Scroll down to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save changes button to save your configuration.
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Step 5: SSO Settings

  • In the plugin, you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Go to the Plugins >> Authentication >> Manage authentication.
  • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
  • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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In the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin, go to the Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can copy and past IdP metadata XML file and click on Upload Metadata button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
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B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • When the user performs SSO, the NameID value is sent by the Identity Provider. This value is unique for every user.
  • To assign by which attribute value user should authenticate or create select Email or Username in Login/Create Moodle account by:
  • For the plugin to access these attribute assign the Email and Username attribute.
  • Addtionally user attributes can be mapped (such as Firstname and Lastname).
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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Step 4: Custom Attribute Mapping:

  • This feature allows you to map custom attribute sent by the IDP to the Moodle attributes.
  • You can add multiple attributes by click on "+" button.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
  • wordpress saml custom attribute mapping

Step 5: Role Mapping

  • This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default Moodle roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.
  • Group/Role attribute will provide a mapping for the field name which contains role-related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
  • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the respective roles.
  • For example, If you have a user whose Group/Role attribute value is idp-teacher and you want to assign it to the teacher group then, just provide idp-teacher in the Teacher: field of Role mapping section.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
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Step 6: SSO settings

  • In the plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Click on Click here link which will redirect to the Manage authentication menu
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  • Click on the to enable the plugin visibility.
  • Click on the ⬆ to set plugin preference.
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  • To enable auto-redirect from Moodle login page to WordPress site .
  • Click on the Enable Auto-redirect to IDP from Moodle login page.
  • Note down Backdoor URL it will be useful when SSO fails.
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.
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You have successfully configured Moodle as SAML SP for achieving CA Identity SSO login into your Moodle Site.

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