SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into SonarQube using RSA SecureID

SonarQube SAML plugin gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign On for the SonarQube. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between SonarQube and RSA SecureID. By the end of this guide, RSA SecureID users should be able to log in and register to the SonarQube Server.

Step 1:Setup RSA SecurID as Identity Provider

All the information required to configure RSA i.e. plugin’s metadata is given in the Service Provider Info tab of the miniOrange plugin.


  • Login to the RSA Secure ID as Super Admin.
  • In the Administration Console, click Application → Application Catalog.
  • Click Create From Template button on the top right corner.

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  • Next to the SAML Direct, click select in the Choose Connector Template page. The Add Connector wizard appears.

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  • Fill the required information in the Basic Information page on the Add Connector wizard.

    • Name:- Name of the application for eg. miniOrange Plugin.
    • Description (Optional):- Description for your application.
    • Disabled [a checkbox] (optional): Select this only if you want to make this application unavailable to users. When disabled, the application appears in My Application but does not appear in the RSA application portal.
    • Click Next Step button.

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  • Fill the required information in the Connection Profile page.
  •   Connection Profile

    • Upload the miniOrange plugin’s metadata file and click on the Import Metadata button. You can download it from the Service Provider info tab of the plugin.
    • Verify the configured URLs and clicks on the Save button on the top right corner of the pop-up window.

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      Initiate SAML Workflow

    • Select SP-Initiated, if you want the SSO should be invoked from Application or select IDP-initiated, if you want the user should log in into RSA first and then access Application from his RSA Dashboard.
    • Configure base URL of your Application or you can leave it blank if IDP-initiated is selected.
    • Select Binding type: POST and Signed Checked.

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      SAML Identity Provider(Issuer)

    • Upload the public and private key which will be used to signed SAML Response or you can generate new key pair by clicking on the Generate Cert Bundle button.
    • (Optional) Enable checkbox for Include Certificate in Outgoing Assertion.

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      Service Provider

    • Assertion Consumer Service URL and Audience URL should be preconfigured if you have uploaded plugin’s metadata in the Connection Profile section. If not, you can find the required URLs from Service Provider Info tab of the miniOrange SAML plugin and update the URL here.

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        User Identity

      • Configure NameID information that identifies the user on whose behalf the SAML Assertion is generated.

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      Advanced Configuration: Attribute Extention

    • Configure additional user information to be sent to the Application in the SAML Response, for example, username, email, display name, groups etc.

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      Advanced Configuration: Uncommon Formatting SAML Response

    • Sign outgoing Assertion:- Assertion within Response.
    • Encrypt Assertion (Optional): If checked, you need to load miniOrange plugin’s public certificate and you can download it from the Service Provider Info tab of the plugin.
    • Unchecked Send encoded URL in Assertion.
    • Checked include issuer NameID format and select NameID Format as Unspecified.
    • Save the configuration and move to the next page i.e. User Access page.

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  • Define application access in the User Access page.
  • Configure application display settings for RSA end users like app icon etc and save the settings
  • Now, In the Administration Console, click Application My Application.
  • Find the app that you have configured and click on Edit Export Metadata. Keep the metadata handy, it will require to configure miniOrange plugin.

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  • Click on Publish Changes in the top left corner of the RSA Admin Console to publish this configuration and immediately activate it.

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Step 2: Configure SonarQube as Service Provider.

    miniorange img  Fetch the Identity Provider (IdP) Details

    • After configuring the IdP, get its metadata to configure SonarQube as a Service Provider(SP).
    • Copy the following details from the IdP metadata and paste them into the corresponding text fields in the SonarQube plugin.
      1. 1. IdP Entity ID
        2. Login URL
        3. X.509 Certificate

    • Save all the details.
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    miniorange img  Test Configuration

    • Once you have filled all the IdP details, click on the Test Configuration button.
    • It will take you to the IdP login page. Enter your IdP credentials and log in.
    • If all the configurations are correct, it will show you the user details received from the IdP.
    • If the test fails, check if you have missed out any steps or try to debug through SonarQube Logs.
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    miniorange img  Attribute & Group Mapping

    • In order to map attributes from the Identity Provider to the application, the attribute names received in the SAML response need to be entered in their corresponding fields.
    • To view these attribute names, click on the Test Configuration button in the plugin.
    • Attributes used in SonarQube Application are described briefly as below:
  1. Login Attribute is a unique name assigned to the user to identify them uniquely within the SonarQube system. It's a required attribute.

  2. Name Attribute is the full name of the user, to be mapped from the IdP to the SonarQube. It's a required attribute.

  3. Email Attribute is an optional attribute and represents an email address of the user, to be mapped from the IdP to the SonarQube.

  4. Group Attribute mapping requires the group names, in the application, to be same as the group names in the Identity Provider. Otherwise, the default SonarQube Group is assigned to the user.
    • Eg. To map group value Everyone from SAML response we have to paste groupName in Group Attribute field [Refer with above image].
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