SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) for WordPress using CA Identity as IDP | CA Identity SSO

WordPress SAML SP Single Sign-On plugin gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for your Wordpress sites. Our plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SSO between WordPress site and CA Identity Manager by considering CA Identity Manager as IdP.

miniorange img Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

To configure CA Identity Manager as SAML IdP with WordPress, you will need to install the miniOrange WP SAML SP SSO plugin:

Step 1: Setup CA Identity Manager as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure CA Identity Manager as IdP

miniorange img Configure CA Identity Manager as IdP

  • In the miniOrange SAML SP SSO plugin, navigate to Service Provider Metadata tab. Here, you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure the Identity Provider.
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    Note: For Single Sign On, make sure to install and setup CA SSO (formerly known as SiteMinder) with CA Identity Manager.

  • Log in to your CA SSO portal as a CA Single Sign-On administrator.
  • Click on Federation tab.
  • Now go to Partnership FederationEntities.
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    miniorange img Create a Local Identity Provider

    • Click on Create Entity.
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    • To create a local entity, configure the following:
      Entity Location Local
      Entity Type SAML2 IDP
      Entity ID Enter an ID for your local identity provider for identification.
      Entity Name Create a name for your local identity provider.
      Base URL Enter the fully-qualified domain name for the host service CA SSO Federation Web Services.
      Signed Authentication Requests Required No
      Supported NameID format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
      urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified
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    miniorange img Create a Remote Service Provider

    • Download Metadata XML File from the Service Provider Metadata Tab of the miniOrange SAML SSO plugin.
    • Click on Import Metadata and upload the downloaded XML metadata file.
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    • For Import As, select Remote Entity.
    • Provide a name for the Remote Service Provider Entity.
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    miniorange img Create a Partnership between SP and IDP

    • For creating a partnership, configure the following:
      Add Partnership Name Enter a name for your partnership.
      (Optional) Description Enter a relevant description for your partnership.
      Local IDP ID Enter the Local Identity Provider ID created while adding a Local Entity.
      Remote SP ID Enter the Remote Service Provider ID created while adding a Remote Entity.
      Base URL This field will be pre-populated.
      Skew Time Enter any skew time required by your environment.
      User Directories and Search Order Select the required directories in the required search order.
  • On the Federation Users page, add the users you want to include in the partnership.
  • In the Assertion Configuration section, configure following:
    • Name ID Format: Email Address
    • Name ID Type: User Attribute
    • Value: mail
    • (Optional) Assertion Attributes: Specify any application or group attributes that you want to map to users
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  • In the SSO and SLO section, perform the following steps:
    • SSO Binding: HTTP-POST
    • Transactions Allowed: Both IDP and SP initiated
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  • In the Signature and Encryption section, select Post Signature as Sign Both.

  • miniorange img Activate Partnership

    • In the Federation Partnership List, expand the Action dropdown for your partnership and click Activate.
    • To get the IDP metadata, Click the Action button and click Export Metadata. This data will be used to configure the plugin.

Step 2: Configuring WordPress as SP

We will go through the steps to setup WordPress as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.




In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
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B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • In the free plugin, only NameID is supported for Email and Username attributes of the WordPress user.
  • When a user performs SSO, the NameID value sent by the IDP will get mapped to the email and username of the WordPress user.
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Step 4: Role Mapping

  • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.
  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
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Step 5: SSO settings

  • In the free plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Navigate to Redirection and SSO links tab and follow the given steps given under Option 1: Use a Widget to add a login widget on your site.
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In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

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 WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
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    NOTE: If you click on Test Configuration button in Service Provider Setup tab and authenticate with your IDP, you can see a list of attributes sent by the IDP in the Attribute/Role mapping tab. This information can be used to provide the above mapping.

Step 4: Role Mapping

    In the standard plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.

  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
  • wordpress saml role mapping

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Standard plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1: Auto-      Redirection from site.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

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  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

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      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP.



  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Redirection and SSO Links tab > Option 3: SSO Links section of the plugin
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In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • In the Premium plugin, you can enable auto-sync for the metadata URL which will auto-update the plugin configuration as per the IDP metadata after a set interval of time
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B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.
  • In the Premium Plugin, you can provide the SAML Logout URL to achieve Single Logout on your WordPress site.

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 WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
  • wordpress saml attribute mapping
  • Custom Attribute Mapping: This feature allows you to map any attribute sent by the IDP to the usermeta table of WordPress.
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Step 4: Role Mapping

    This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default WordPress roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.

  • From the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin, provide a mapping for the field named Group/Role. This attribute will contain the role related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
  • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the highlighted roles.
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  • For example, If you want a user whose Group/Role attribute value is wp-editor to be assigned as an Editor in WordPress, just provide the mapping as wp-editor in the Editor field of Role Mapping section.

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Premium plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1 : Auto-Redirection from site.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

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  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

      wordpress saml optin 2

      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP login.

  • Login Button: You can add a customized login button anywhere on your site or WordPress login page by navigating to Option 3: Login Button section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Option 4: SSO Links section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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