SAML Single Sign-On into Joomla using Gluu Server | Gluu Server SSO | Login using Gluu Server



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.


Gluu Server Single Sign-On(SSO) login for Joomla can be achieved by using our Joomla SAML 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 SSO login between Joomla site and Gluu Server by considering Gluu Server as IdP (Identity provider) and Joomla as SP (Service provider).

Step 1: Setup Gluu Server as IdP (Identity Provider)

Follow the steps below to configure Gluu Server as IdP

miniorange img Configure Gluu Server as IdP

  • Login to Gluu server Admin Console.
  • From the navigation panel, click on SAMLAdd Trust Relationships.
  • Configure Gluu Server as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Gluu Server SSO Login Gluu Server SSO

  • Configure the following in Trust Relationship Form:
    • Display Name: Joomla SAML App (Enter any name for identifying the application)
    • Description: Provide a suitable description for you application
    • Entity Type: Single SP
    • Metadata Location: File
    • Configure Gluu Server as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Gluu Server SSO Login Gluu Server SSO 1
  • From the Service Provider Metadata tab in the plugin, download the Metadata XML File.
  • Upload the Metadata file in SP Metadata File.
  • Now tick the Configure Relying Party checkbox and click on Configure Relying Party link.
  • Configure Gluu Server as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Gluu Server SSO Login Gluu Server SSO 1
  • You will be shown the Relying Party Configurations page.
  • From Available Profile Configurations, select SAML2SSO and click on Add to add SAML2SSO to Selected Profile Configurations.
  • In SAML2SSO Profile, configure the following:
    signAssertions Never
    signRequests Conditional
    encryptAssertions Conditional
    defaultAuthenticationMethods None
    Support Unspecified NameId Format Tick the checkbox
  • From Available NamedId Formats, select urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress and urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified and add it to the Selected NamedId Formats.
  • Click on Save button.
  • Configure Gluu Server as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Gluu Server SSO Login Gluu Server SSO 2
  • From the Release Additional Attributes section on the right, add the attributes you want to send to the Service Provider.
  • Click on Update button.
  • Configure Gluu Server as IDP - SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for Joomla - Gluu Server SSO Login Gluu Server SSO 3
  • Gluu's SAML IDP metadata can be found at this URL https://HOSTNAME/idp/shibboleth. This will be required to configure the plugin in Service Provider.

Step 2: Configuring Joomla as Service Provider (SP)

  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab. There are three ways to configure the plugin:

      Azure_As_Idp By Metadata URL :

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata
      • Enter Metadata URL (Copy from IDP app) and click on Fetch Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata URL

      Azure_As_Idp By Uploading Metadata File:

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Choose metadata file and click on Upload.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata file

      Azure_As_Idp Manual Configuration :

      • Copy SAML Entity ID, SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL and x.509 certificate from Federation Metadata document and paste it in IdP Entity ID or Issuer, Single Sign-on Service URL, x.509 Certificate fields respectively in the plugin.
      • IdP Entity ID or Issuer SAML Entity ID in the Federation Metadata document
        Single Sign-On Service URL SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL in the Federation Metadata document
        X.509 Certificate x.509 Certificate in the Federation Metadata document

      Azure_As_Idp Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:

      Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Signin Settings

Step 3: Attribute Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Attributes are user details that are stored in your Identity Provider.
  • Attribute Mapping helps you to get user attributes from your Identity Provider (IdP) and map them to Joomla user attributes like firstname, lastname etc.
  • While auto registering the users in your Joomla site these attributes will automatically get mapped to your Joomla user details.
  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Attribute Mapping tab and fill in all the fields.
    Username: Name of the username attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Email: Name of the email attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Group/Role: Name of the Role attribute from Identity Provider(IdP)
  • You can check the Test Configuration Results under Service Provider Setup tab to get a better idea of which values to map here.

Step 4: Group Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Joomla uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site.
  • Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your Identity Provider (IdP).
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.

Step 5: Redirection & SSO Links.

  • Go to Login Settings tab. There are multiple features availabe in this tab like Auto redirect the user to Identity Provider and Enable Backed Login for Super Users. To use these features, click on the respective checkboxes.
  • You have successfully completed your miniOrange SAML 2.0 SP configurations. Still, if you are facing any difficulty please mail us on joomlasupport@xecurify.com .

Step 2: Configuring Joomla as Service Provider (SP)

  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup Tab. There are three ways to configure the plugin:

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On By Metadata URL :

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata
      • Enter Metadata URL (Copy from IDP app) and click on Fetch Metadata.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata URL

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On By Uploading Metadata File:

      • Click on Upload IDP Metadata.
      • Choose metadata file and click on Upload.
      • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Upload Metadata file

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On Manual Configuration :

      • Copy SAML Entity ID, SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL and x.509 certificate from Federation Metadata document and paste it in IdP Entity ID or Issuer, Single Sign-on Service URL, x.509 Certificate fields respectively in the plugin.
      • IdP Entity ID or Issuer SAML Entity ID in the Federation Metadata document
        Single Sign-On Service URL SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL in the Federation Metadata document
        X.509 Certificate x.509 Certificate in the Federation Metadata document

      SAML SSO Single-Sign-On Add a button on your site login page with the following URL:

        Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Signin Settings

Step 3: Attribute Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Attributes are user details that are stored in your Identity Provider.
  • Attribute Mapping helps you to get user attributes from your Identity Provider (IdP) and map them to Joomla user attributes like firstname, lastname etc.
  • While auto registering the users in your Joomla site these attributes will automatically get mapped to your Joomla user details.
  • In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Attribute Mapping tab and fill in all the fields.
    Username: Name of the username attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Email: Name of the email attribute from IdP (Keep NameID by default)
    Group/Role: Name of the Role attribute from Identity Provider(IdP)
  • You can check the Test Configuration Results under Service Provider Setup tab to get a better idea of which values to map here.

Step 4: Group Mapping (It is Optional to fill this). This is Premium feature.

  • Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your Identity Provider (IdP).
  • While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.

Step 5: Redirection & SSO Links.

  • Go to Login Settings tab. There are multiple features availabe in this tab like Auto redirect the user to Identity Provider and Enable Backed Login for Super Users. To use these features, click on the respective checkboxes.
  • Joomla Single Sign On SSO SAML SP Signin Settings

    You have successfully completed your miniOrange SAML 2.0 SP configurations. Still, if you are facing any difficulty please mail us on joomlasupport@xecurify.com .

How miniorange Joomla SAML SSO plugin works?


SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On ( SAML SSO) - Service Provider Plugin acts as a SAML 2.0 Service Provider which can be configured to establish the trust between the Joomla site and various SAML 2.0 supported Identity Providers to securely authenticate (Secure Login) the user to the Joomla site.
SAML 2.0 SP Single Sign On (SSO) - Service Provider plugin also provides Cross-Domain / Sub-domain login sharing with other Joomla websites.
We also provide a separate plugin that enables Joomla to act as an Identity Provider. It supports authentication with Joomla, user management, session management, change password, etc. You can configure any service provider with your Joomla site with the help of this plugin.

What is the use of the configuration or integration with SAML SSO?


Miniorange Provides best SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution to Gluu server. SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only log in 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.
Gluu server [SAML] Single Sign-On (SSO) login for Joomla 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 the Joomla site and Gluu server

SSO with Gluu server :-


The Joomla SAML Single Sign-On plugin allows your Gluu server users to login to the Joomla site by authenticating with their Gluu server credentials (Login using Gluu server / Gluu server Login). Our Joomla Single Sign-On (SAML SSO) plugin supports all the Gluu server / SSO use cases such as Gluu server Login, / Gluu server Single Sign-On, Gluu server Community SSO, Gluu server Login (Single Sign-On) into Joomla, Login using Gluu server, Login with Gluu server. This allows you to seamlessly achieve Login using Gluu server, Gluu server Login, Gluu server Community SSO, Login with Gluu server, Gluu server Single Sign-On for your Joomla site.

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