SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) into October CMS using ADFS as IDP

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



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 ADFS as Identity Provider

  • On ADFS, search for ADFS Management application.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Management Application
  • After opening the AD FS Management, select Relying Party Trust & then click on Add Relying Party Trust.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider,Add Relying Party Trust
  • Click the Start button from the Relying Party Trust Wizard pop up. But before that please make sure Claims Aware is selected.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider,Claims Aware
  • Select the options for adding a relying party trust.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider Using Metadata URL

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party published online or on the local network option & then add URL in Federation metadata address.
      • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Import metadata through URL
      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9. Navigate to Service Provider Info tab from the plugin for getting SP Meatadata URL.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider Using Metadata XML file

      • In Select Data Source: Import data about the relying party from a file option & then browse the metadata file.
      • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Import Metadata through XML file
      • Skip step-5 to step-8 & start configuring from step-9.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider Using Manual configuration

      • In Select Data Source: Enter Data about the relying party manually & Click on Next.
      • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Manual configuration of metadata
  • Enter Display Name & Click Next.
  • Upload the certificate & click next. Download the certificate from plugin & use the same certificate to upload on ADFS.
  • Select Enable support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol & Enter ACS URL from the plugins Service Provider Info Tab. Click Next.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider,support for the SAML 2.0 WebSSO protocol
  • Add Entity ID from plugins Service Provider Info Tab as Relying party trust identifier then click Add button & then click Next.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Relying party trust identifier
  • Also download the Signing certificate from Service Provider Info Tab from the plugin.
  • Select Permit everyone as an Access Control Policy & click on Next.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Access Control Policy
  • Click the Next button from Ready to Add Trust & click Close.
  • It will show you the list of Relying Party Trusts. Select the respective application & click on Edit Claim Issuance Policy.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Edit Claim Issuance Policy
  • Click on Add Rule button.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, add rule
  • Select Send LDAP Attributes as Claims & click on Next.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Send LDAP Attributes as Claims
  • Enter the following details & click on Finish.
  • Claim rule name: Attributes
    Attribute Store: Active Directory
    LDAP Attribute: E-Mail-Addresses
    Outgoing Claim Type: Name ID
    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Add Transform claim rule wizard
  • Click Apply Ok.
  • Select property of the application & add the certificate downloaded from the add-on.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using ADFS Identity Provider, Add certificate

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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