SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) into October CMS Using AWS Cognito

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) into October CMS Using AWS Cognito



October CMS Single Sign-On ( SSO ) plugin gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) for your October CMS sites. Our October CMS SSO plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SAML SSO between October CMS site and your Identity Provider.

Pre-requisites

To integrate your Identity Provider(IDP) with October CMS, you need the following items:

  • October CMS should be installed and configured.
  • Download any Front-end user management plugins - RainLab/Buddies.

Download and Installation

  • Login to your October CMS site’s backend: https://example.com/backend.
  • From the admin dashboard, go to Settings from the main navigation bar and select Updates & Plugins.
  • Click on Install plugins and in the search bar type “SAML SSO”.
  • Click on the SAML SP Single Sign-On - SSO search result and the plugin will start installing.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP

Step 1: Setup AWS Cognito as OAuth Provider

  • Sign in to AWS Amazon.
  • Now enter “Cognito” in search textbox & select Cognito from dropdown.
  • OAuth / OPenID Single Sign On (SSO) , AWS-Cognito, Management-Console
  • Go to “Manage your user pools”
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Manage user pools
  • Click on “Create a user pool”
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Create a user pool
  • Add pool name and select “Review Defaults”.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Review Defaults
  • Click on “Add app client” & then click on Add an app client
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Add app client
  • Enter App client name & then Click on “Create app client”.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Create app client
  • Click on Return to pool details. After this click on “Create Pool”.
  • Navigate to App client settings.
    • Select “Cognito User Pool”, add callback URL. You will get this callback URL from the plugin.
    • Add application home page URL has to Sign out URL.
    • Also, select Authorization code grant as “Allowed OAuth Flows” & select OpenID as “Allowed OAuth Scopes”.
    • After selecting all details click on Save changes button.
    • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Save changes
  • Go to “App client” and click on “Show details” to get a client ID and client secret.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login App client
  • Go to domain name and enter a domain name for your app. After adding domain name you can check its availability by clicking on “Check availability” button. After entering valid domain name click ”Save changes” button.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login domain name
  • Complete domain name: The complete domain name that you need to enter in plugin is {your domain name}.auth.{region name}.amazoncognito.com
  • Add Users / Groups to Cognito App : Go to Users and groups and then click on Users. After this click on Create user.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Add Users / Groups
  • Fill all required informations and click on Create user.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Create user
  • Click on Groups and then click on Create group.
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  • Fill all required informations and click on Create group.
  • OAuth/OpenID/OIDC Single Sign On (SSO), AWS cognito SSO Login Create group

Steps 2 : October CMS as SP


  • Click on Single Sign On menu option from the main navigation bar at the top of your page.
  • You will see the Plugin Settings page. We will first configure the IdP Settings.
  • Fill out the required fields according to the information provided by your Identity Provider. You can refer to the example given below.
  • For Example:
  • IdP Name:myIDP
    IdP Entity Id:https://login.xecurify.com/moas/
    SAML Login URL:https://login.xecurify.com/moas/idp/samlsso
    SAML x509 Certificate:Certificate provided by your IdP.
  • Click on Save button.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • The SP Settings tab has the data that you will need to provide to your IdP.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • Click on the Test Configuration button and the user details will be fetched. Test configuration will show the attributes that are received and are mapped by attribute mapping.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at October CMS.
  • Go to Attribute Mapping menu option from the main navigation bar at the top of your page.
  • It provides the Custom Atrribute Mapping feature in Premium plugin.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP

  • Click on Single Sign On menu option from the main navigation bar at the top of your page.
  • You will see the Plugin Settings page. We will first configure the IdP Settings.
  • Fill out the required fields according to the information provided by your Identity Provider. You can refer to the example given below.
  • For Example:
  • IdP Name:myIDP
    IdP Entity Id:https://login.xecurify.com/moas/
    SAML Login URL:https://login.xecurify.com/moas/idp/samlsso
    SAML Logout URL:https://login.xecurify.com/moas/idp/samllogout/
    SAML x509 Certificate:Certificate provided by your IdP.
  • Click on Save button.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • The SP Settings tab has the data that you will need to provide to your IdP.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • Click on the Test Configuration button and the user details will be fetched. Test configuration will show the attributes that are received and are mapped by attribute mapping.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at October CMS.
  • Go to Attribute Mapping menu option from the main navigation bar at the top of your page.
  • It also provide Custom Attribute mapping feature, which allows you to map any attribute sent by the IDP to the October CMS.
  • You can map the attribute names received in Test Configuration to the user credentials of your October CMS users.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP

Step 4: SSO Button Component

  • Click on CMS from the main navigation and select the page that you want to place the button on from the Pages menu on the left-hand side.
  • Click on Components and click on SAML 2.0 SP to reveal the SSO Button component.
  • Drag and drop the component on to your selected page. Hit save and preview.
  • Click on the Single Sign-On (SSO) button to start the authentication flow for frontend users.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • The button for Backend login screen is generated automatically.

Step 5: SSO Options

  • In the IDP Settings tab, you can configure Force Authentication to force login screen at IdP every time your users are redirected for SSO.
  • You can configure the Login Binding type to choose the method of sending the SAML request.
  • You can configure the Single Logout URL to send a logout request to the IdP when a user logs out of your OctoberCMS site.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • In the SP Settings tab, you can configure Auto-Redirect to redirect users to IdP when they land on your site.
  • You can configure the Post-Login and Post-Logout URLs to redirect users after they SSO and Single Logout.
  • October CMS SAML SSO, October as SP
  • You can access the documentation for more details by going to Settings > Updates & Plugins > SAML 2.0 SP.

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