SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) into October CMS Using Azure AD

SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) into October CMS Using Azure AD


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 Azure AD as Identity Provider

    Single Sign On using AzureAD, AzureAD SSO Login-1 Prerequisites:

    Copy these values from the Service Provider Info tab of the SAML plugin.

    • SP Entity ID
    • ACS URL

    Single Sign On into AzureAD, AzureAD SSO Login-2 Instructions:

    Note: Enterprise app configuration is the recommended option for SAML . If you do not have Azure subscription or using free account please setup App Registration Configuration.

    To perform Single Logout using Azure AD, the Atlassian instance (E.g. Jira,Confluence) must be https enabled.

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select ⇒ and Azure Active Directory ⇒ Enterprise Applications.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO enterprise application
  • Click on New Application.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO new application
  • Click on Non-gallery application section and enter the name for your app and click on Add button.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO Non gallery application
  • Click on Single sign-on from the application's left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for configuring single sign-on. Click on SAML.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO select saml
  • Edit the option 1 :Basic SAML Configuration to configure plugin endpoints.
  • Enter the SP Entity ID for Identifier and the ACS URL for Reply URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO saml configuration
  • Click on Save icon.
  • Azure AD SAML SSO save window
  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML token to the application under the User Attributes & Claims tab.
  • You can add attribute using Add new claim
  •  Azure AD SAML SSO user attributes claims
  • You can add group attribute claim using Add a group claim
  • Azure AD SAML SSO add a group claim
  • Copy App Federation Metadata Url from setup tab.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO federation metadata URL
  • Click on User and groups from the applications left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for assigning the users/groups to the application.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO user and groups
  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select Azure Active Directory ⇒ App Registrations. Click on New Application Registration.

  •  Azure AD SAML SSO New app
  • Assign a Name and choose the account type. In the Redirect URI field, provide the ACS URL provided in Service Provider Info tab of the plugin and click on Register button.
  •       Azure AD SAML SSO app registration
  • Now, navigate to Expose an API menu option and click the Set button and replace the APPLICATION ID URI with the plugin's SP Entity ID

  • Azure AD SAML SSO expose an API
  • By default, some Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. If you're not getting group information. Then, add Token configuration for Group information.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO token configuration
  • Click on Add groups claim
  • Azure AD SAML SSO Add groups claim
  • Go back to Azure Active Directory ⇒ App Registrations window and click on Endpoints link.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO Endpoints
  • This will open up a window with multiple URLs listed there. Copy the Federation Metadata Document URL. This will be required while configuring the SAML plugin.

  • Azure AD SAML SSO federation metadata document

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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