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

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


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 Okta as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure Okta as an Identity Provider

miniorange img Configuring Okta as IdP

  • Log into Okta Admin Console. For developer account, switch to Classic UI to configure app, and then Application.
  • Click on Add Applications.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, Add New Application into Okta
  • Click on Create New App.
  • Select SAML 2.0 as Sign on method.
  • Click on Create.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, Create New SAML 2.0 Application
  • In General Settings, enter App Name and click on Next.
  • In SAML Settings, enter the following:
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, Fill Service Providers Details
    Single Sign On URL Enter ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider info tab of the module.
    Audience URI (SP Entity ID) Enter SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider info tab of the module.
    Default Relay State Enter Relay State from the Service Provider info tab of the module.
    Name ID Format Select E-Mail Address as a Name Id from dropdown list.
    Application Username Okta username.
  • Configure Attribute Statements and Group Attribute Statement (Optional).
  • For Name, enter "firstName" and select user.firstName from the value dropdown.

    For Name, enter "lastName" and select user.lastName from the value dropdown.

    For Name, enter "Email" and select user.email from the value dropdown.

    For Name, enter "groups" and select Matches regex from the Filter dropdown and enter ".*"

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, Attribute And Group Mapping

miniorange img Assigning Groups/People

  • After creating and configuring the app go to the Assignment Tab in Okta.
  • Here we select the peoples and groups you want to give access to log in through this app. Assign this to the people/group you would to give access to.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, Assign App to People and Groups
  • After assigning the people/groups to your app, go to Sign On tab.
  • Click on View Setup Instructions to get the SAML Login URL (Single Sign on URL), Single Logout URL, IDP Entity ID and X.509 Certificate. You will need this to configure the Service Provider.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using Okta Identity Provider, IDP Metadata Link

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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