SAML Single Sign On (SSO) Into Confluence Using RSA SecurID

Confluence SAML app gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign On for Confluence Software. Confluence Software is compatible with all SAML Identity Providers. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between Confluence and your Identity Provider. By the end of this guide, users from your Identity Provider should be able to login and register to Confluence Software.

Pre-requisites

To integrate your Identity Provider(IDP) with Confluence, you need the following items:

  • Confluence should be installed and configured.
  • Admin credentials are set up in Confluence.
  • Confluence server is https enabled (optional).
  • Valid Confluence Server and Data center Licence.

Download And Installation

  • Log into your Confluence instance as an admin.
  • Navigate to the settings menu and Click Manage Apps.
  • Click Find new apps or Find new add-ons from the left-hand side of the page.
  • Locate Confluence SSO/ Single Sign On, SAML SSO via search.
  • Click Try free to begin a new trial or Buy now to purchase a license for Confluence SSO/ Single Sign On, SAML SSO.
  • Enter your information and click Generate license when redirected to MyAtlassian.
  • Click Apply license.
  • Confluence saml sso

Step 1:Setup RSA SecurID as Identity Provider

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


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

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Create App From Template
  • Next to the SAML Direct, click the Choose Connector Template page. The Add Connector wizard appears.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Choose Template for Connector
  • 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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Fill Basic Information
  • 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 obtain plugin metadata 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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Choose Connection Profile

      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 as Connection URL or you can leave it blank if IDP-initiated is selected.
    • Select Binding type: POST and Signed option as Checked.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Initiate SAML WorkFlow Settings

      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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, SAML Identity Provider

      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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Configure Service Provider

      User Identity

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

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID identity Provider, User Identity Settings

      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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Attribute Extension Settings

      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 outgoing 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.

      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Uncommon Formatting SAML Response
  • 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.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Export Metadata
  • Click on Publish Changes in the top left corner of the RSA Admin Console to publish this configuration and immediately activate it.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) using RSA SecureID Identity Provider, Publish Changes

Step 2: Setup Confluence as Service Provider

Now we will go through the steps to setup Confluence as a Service Provider using miniOrange add-on:

Configure Identity Provider

Step 1. Adding IDP settings in add-on


    miniorange img By Metadata URL:

    • Click on Import from Metadata in Configure IDP tab.
    • Select IDP: Import From Metadata URL.
    • Enter your metadata URL.
    • If your IDP changes certificates at intervals(Eg. Azure AD), you can select Refresh metadata periodically. Select 5 minutes for the best results.
    • Click Import.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Configure IDP using Metadata URL

    miniorange img By uploading Metadata XML file:

    • Click on Import from Metadata in Configure IDP tab.
    • Select IDP: Import from Metadata File.
    • Upload metadata file.
    • Click Import.
    • SAML Single Sign ON (SSO) into Confluence, Configure IDP through uploading metadata IDP

    miniorange img Manual Configuration:

    • Go to Configure IDP tab and enter the following details.
    • IDP Name

      IDP Entity ID

      Single Sign On URL

      Single Logout URL

      X.509 Certificate

      SAML Single Sign ON (SSO) into Confluence, Manual IDP Configuration

Configure Multiple Identity Providers

Step 1: Add New IdP

  • Click on Add New IdP button given in the right topmost corner. You can configure IdP using one of these 3 methods.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Add new IDP

Step 2: List of IdPs

  • Once the IdP endpoints are configured successfully, you will get to see list of all the IdPs.
  • You can edit Metadata endpoints using Edit option.
  • Click on Test to check your IdP response. It shows Test successful with set of attributes you configured in your IdP. You can perform Single Sign-On once the test is successful.
  • You can remove IdP from the list using Delete option.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Multiple IDP List

Step 3: Single Sign On

  • Select your IdP from the list. It will redirect you to selected IdP login page.
  • SAML Single Sign ON (SSO) into Confluence, Login form with multiple IDP configured

Step 4 : Domain Mapping

  • Enable Domain mapping using Use Domain Mapping option.
  • Enter IdP domain name.
  • Note: For this feature you have to configure domain name for each and every IDP from the list.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Domain Mapping

Step 5: Single Sign On using Domain mapping

  • Enter user email address. It will check your domain name with the configured domain if it match then it will redirect you to the respective Identity Provider Login page.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Login form while domain mapping is on

Step 3: Setting up Confluence user profile attributes

    We will be setting up user profile attributes for Confluence. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable User Profile Mapping in User Profile tab and follow steps given in Matching a User.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, User profile attribute mapping
    a. Finding correct attributes
    • Go to Configure IDP tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
    • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Confluence in a table. If you don’t see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your IDP to return this information.
    • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Profile tab.
    b. Setting profile attributes
    • In this tab, fill the values by matching the name of the attribute. For instance, if the Attribute Name in the Test Configuration window is NameID, enter NameID against Username
    • Setting up both Username and Email is required if you want to let users register. If you want existing users to only login, configure the attribute using which you will match user in Confluence.
    c. Matching a User

    When user logs into Confluence, one of the user’s data/attribute coming in from the IDP is used to search the user in Confluence. This is used to detect the user in Confluence and login the user to the same account.

    • Go to User Profile tab
    • Select Username or Email for Login/Search Confluence user account by
    • Enter the attribute name from IDP which corresponds to Username or Email using Finding Correct Attributes

Step 4: Assigning groups to users

    We will be setting up user group attributes for Confluence. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable Group Mapping in User Groups tab and skip to Setting default group.

    a. Setting default group
  • Select the users' Default Group in the tab User Groups. If no group is mapped, users are added by default to this group.
  • You can enable default groups for All Users or New Users using the option.Select None if you don't want to assign any default group to SSO users. Using the option Enable Default Groups for.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Default groups configuration
    b. Finding Group Attribute
  • Just like we found Attribute Name for User Profile attributes, we find group attribute.
  • Go to Configure IDP tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
  • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Confluence in a table. If you don't see value with groups, make the required settings in your IDP to return group names.
  • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Groups tab.
  • Enter the Attribute Name of group against Group Attribute.
  • Check Disable Group Mapping option if you don't want to update groups of existing users.

  • c. Group Mapping
    Group Mapping can be done in two ways:
  • Manual group mapping: If the names of groups in Confluence are different than the corresponding groups in IDP, then you should use Manual group mapping.
  • On-The-Fly group mapping: If the names of groups in Confluence and IDP are same, you should use On-The-Fly group mapping.

  • I. Manual Group Mapping
    • Check Restrict User Creation Based on Group Mapping option if you want new users to be created only if at least one of the user's IDP groups is mapped to a group in the application.
    • For mapping, first select a Confluence group from the dropdown which lists all groups present in Confluence and then enter the name of the IDP group to be mapped in the textbox beside
    • For example, if you want all users in 'dev' group in IDP to be added to confluence-users, you will need to select confluence-users from the dropdown and enter 'dev' against confluence-users.
    • Use '+1' and '+10' buttons to add extra mapping fields.
    • Use '-' button next to each mapping to delete that mapping.
    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Manual group mapping
  • II. On-The Fly Group Mapping
    • Check Create New Groups option if you want new groups from IDP to be created if not found in Confluence.
    • If the user is part of some group in Confluence and that group is not present in the SAML response returned by IDP, then the user will be removed from that group in Confluence.
    • If you don't want On-The-Fly group mapping to affect Confluence groups which are managed locally then add those groups in Exclude Groups field.
    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, On the fly group mapping

Step 5: SSO Settings

    The settings in Sign In Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On
    a. Sign In Settings
      SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Sign In Settings
    • Set button text for button on login page using Login Button Text
    • Set redirect URL after login using Relay State. Keep this empty for coming back to the same page user started from
    • Enable Auto-redirect to IDP if you want to allow users to login only using IDP. Enable backdoor for emergency
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Auto redirect to IDP
    b. Custom Login Template
    • Set custom login template to redirect users to a custom login page instead of Confluence default login page. This won't work if you have Auto-redirect to IDP enabled.
    • Don't forget to copy default login page URL in case of emergency.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Custom Login template settings
    c. Sign Out Settings
    • Enter a custom logout URL to redirect your users to a pre-defined logout page
    • Set a custom logout template to show custom logout page to users on logout
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Sign Out settings
    d. SSO Error Settings
    • Set error template to redirect users to a custom error page instead of login page. Use this if you have Auto-redirect to IDP enabled.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Custom Error Template Settings
    e. Advanced Settings
    • Remember Me: If enabled, user stays logged in until user explicitly logs out.
    • You can extend Confluence default session timeout using these steps. By default it is set to 60 minutes.
    • Validate IDP's SAML Response: Configure time difference(in minute) here In case Confluence server time is not in sync with your IDP's time.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Confluence, Advanced SSO Settings


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