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DNN OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) Using AWS Cognito As OAuth Provider


DNN OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication provider gives the ability to enable OAuth Single Sign-On for your DotNetNuke site. Using Single Sign-On you can use only one password to access your DotNetNuke site and services. Our authentication provider is compatible with all the OAuth compliant identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between DNN and Cognito considering Cognito as OAuth Provider. To know more about the other features we provide for DNN OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO), click here.

Pre-requisites: Download and Installation

  • Download the DNN Oauth Single Sign On authentication provider with above link.
  • Upload the installation package dnn-oauth-single-sign-on_xxx_Install by going in Settings > Extension > Install Extension.
  • Now under the Installed extensions tab select Authentication Systems. Here you can see the miniOrange DNN OAuth Authentication Provider.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Authentication Provider
  • Just click on the pencil icon as mentioned in the image below to configure the DNN OAuth Authentication Provider.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Authentication Provider pencil icon
  • You have finished with the installation of the Authentication Provider on your DNN site.

Steps to configure DNN Single Sign-On (SSO) using AWS Cognito as IDP

1. Configure Authentication Provider for Setting up OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO)

  • For configuring application in the authentication provider, click on the Add New Provider button in the Identity Provider Settings tab.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - add new IDP

    Select your Identity Provider

  • Select AWS Cognito as Identity Provider from the list. You can also search for your Identity Provider using the search box.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Select identity provider

2. Configure AWS Cognito as OAuth Provider

  • First of all, go to Amazon Console and sign up/login in your account to Configure AWS Cognito.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Login to Amazon Console
  • Search for Cognito in the AWS Services search bar as shown below.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - Search for AWS Cognito
  • Click on Create a user pool to create a new user pool.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - click on create user pool
  • Choose the attributes in your user pool to be used during the sign-in process

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - configure sign in experience
  • Set up a strong password to configure your security requirements. Go ahead with the ‘No MFA’ option if you want users to only sign in with a single authentication factor. If you wish to enable MFA (Multi-factor authentication) it will require SMS messages which are charged separately by Amazon SNS. Learn more about that here. Click Next.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - set up a strong password AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - sign in with a single authentication factor
  • Configure attributes that would be required during the user sign-up flow.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - configure sign up experinece
  • Choose additional attributes if you wish to. Click Next.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - configure attributes for user sign up flow
  • Configure how your user pool sends email messages to users.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - configure message delivery
  • Enter a name for your user pool, Also Under Hosted authentication pages, check ‘Use the Cognito Hosted UI’.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - enter a name for your user pool
  • Now, Under the Domain section choose the domain type as ‘Use a Cognito domain’. Enter a domain name for your Cognito app.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) -enter a domain name
  • Under the Initial app client section, Enter a name for your app client and check on Generate a client secret.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - enter a name for your app client
  • Now enter your Callback/Redirect URL which you will get from your miniOrange plugin present on your Client side and paste it under the Allowed callback URLs text-field. Also refer the following image for choosing the authentication flows for your app.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - enter your callback url
  • Now, Under Advanced app client settings. Select Identity provider as Cognito user pool & Select Authorization code grant under the OAuth 2.0 grant types and also select openid,email and profile checkboxes under the OpenID Connect scopes section (Please refer to the image below). Click on the Next button to save your configurations.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - advanced app client settings
  • Now, Review your selection of requirements. Click Create user pool to confirm the selection and create a user pool.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - review your selection of requirements AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - main application client settings
  • After successfully creating your user pool, Select your pool name from the list of pools to start with user creation.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - select your pool name
  • Go to the Users tab, and click Create user.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - create user
  • Enter details such as username, email address & password. Click on Create user to save the details.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - enter username email password
  • After the successful creation of the user, you will need a copy of the Cognito domain, Client ID, and Client Secret. Go to the 'App Integration' section and copy the complete domain name {your domain name}.auth.{region name}.amazoncognito.com. This should be entered into the endpoints field under in the miniOrange OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - app integration tab
  • To get the Client ID and Client Secret, stay on the same 'App Integration' tab and scroll down to the 'App clients and analytics' section. Click on your App client name to see the Client ID and Client Secret.

  • AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - app clients and analytics AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) - client id client secret

You have successfully configured AWS Cognito as OAuth Provider for for achieving AWS Cognito Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress for user authentication.

3. Configuring OAuth Provider

  • Copy the Redirect/Callback URL and provide it to your OAuth provider.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - DNN OAuth Redirect URL

4. Configuring OAuth Client

  • Configure Client ID, Client Secret, update the endpoints if required and save the settings.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Configuration DNN OAuth SSO - Configuration

5. Test Configuration

  • Now go to the Identity Provider Settings tab.
  • Under the select actions click on the Test Configuration button to verify if you have configured the authentication provider correctly.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Testing OAuth SSO
  • On successful configuration, you will get Attribute Name and Attribute Values in the Test Configuration window.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - Testing OAuth SSO

6. Attribute Mapping

  • For attribute mapping select the Edit Configuration from the select actions dropdown.
  • Map email and username with Attribute Name you can see in Test Configuration window and save the settings.
  • DNN OAuth SSO - DNN OAuth Attribute Mapping

You can configure the ASP.NET SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) module with any identity provider such as ADFS, Azure AD, Bitium, Centrify, G Suite, JBoss Keycloak, Okta, OneLogin, Salesforce, AWS Cognito, OpenAM, Oracle, PingFederate, PingOne, RSA SecureID, Shibboleth-2, Shibboleth-3, SimpleSAML, WSO2 or even with your own custom identity provider. To check other identity providers, click here.

Additional Resources

Need Help?

Not able to find your identity provider? Mail us on dnnsupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you set up SSO with your IDP and for quick guidance (via email/meeting) on your requirement and our team will help you to select the best suitable solution/plan as per your requirement.


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