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

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.

Step 1: Login to the RSA Secure ID as Super Admin.

Step 2: In the Administration Console, click ApplicationApplication Catalog.

Step 3: Click Create From Template button on the top right corner.

Create From Template - RSA SecurID SSO

Step 4: Next to the SAML Direct, click select in the Choose Connector Template page. The Add Connector wizard appears.

Connector Template - RSA SecurID SSO

Step 5: 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.

Basic Information - RSA SecurID SSO

Step 6: 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.

Connection Profile - RSA SecurID SSO

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.

Initiate SAML Workflow - RSA SecurID SSO

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 Identity Provider - RSA SecurID SSO

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.

Service Provider - RSA SecurID SSO

User Identity 

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

User Identity - RSA SecurID SSO

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.

Attribute Extension - RSA SecurID SSO

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.

Formatting SAML Response - RSA SecurID SSO

Step 7: Define application access in the User Access page.

Step 8: Configure application display settings for RSA end users like app icon etc and save the settings

Step 9: Now, In the Administration Console, click ApplicationMy Application

Step 10: Find the app that you have configured and click on Edit → Export Metadata. Keep the metadata handy, it will require to configure miniOrange plugin.

Step 11: Click on Publish Changes in the top left corner of the RSA Admin Console to publish this configuration and immediately activate it.

Publish Changes - RSA SecurID SSO

Setup Confluence as Service Provider

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

Flow Driven Setup

Step 1: Quick Setup

Select your IdP from the list and click on download. You will get redirect to Step by Step setup guide for SSO configuration. You can skip this setup too.

If you are unable to find your IdP in the list then please contact us.

Step 2: SP Info

This section contains Service Provider endpoints. Note down the following information. This is required for creating an application in IdP.

Step 3: Configure IdP

IdP can be configured using one of these methods.

  1. By using Metadata URL : Enter IdP Name, select URL option, enter metadata URL and click on import

  2. By using Metadata File : Enter IdP Name, select File option, upload your IdP metadata file and click on import

  3. Using XML/Text : Enter IdP Name, select XML/Text option, insert IdP metadata in the given text field and click on import.

  4. Manual Configuration : Enter following endpoints manually.

a. IDP Name

b. IDP Entity ID

c. Single Sign On URL

d. Single Logout URL

e. X.509 Certificate

Step 4: User Profile

Enter username attribute name & email address attribute name from IDP. If you are not sure about it then keep it as it is.


Step 5: Finish

It has few instructions for further plugin configurations like configuring user attributes. eg. name, groups etc

Configure Identity Provider

Step 1. Adding IDP settings in add-on

If you skip Quick setup, then you can configure your IdP using one of these 3 methods.

A. By Metadata URL

  1. Click on Import from Metadata in Configure IDP tab.
  2. Select IDP: Import From Metadata URL .
  3. Enter your metadata URL.
  4. If your IDP changes certificates at intervals, you can select Refresh metadata periodically. Select 5 minutes for the best results.
  5. Click Import.

B. By uploading Metadata XML file

  1. Click on Import from Metadata in Configure IDP tab.
  2. Select IDP: Import from Metadata File.
  3. Upload metadata file.
  4. Click Import.

C. 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

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.

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.

Step 3: Single Sign On.

Select your IdP from the list. It will redirect you to selected IdP login page.

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.

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.

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 Attribute Mapping in User Profile tab and follow steps given in Matching a User.

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
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. 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
  • At the bottom of the page, all groups in Confluence are shown. You can map groups in IDP which correspond to Confluence groups. For example, if you want all users in dev-ops and dev groups in IDP to be added to crucible-users, you will need to enter dev-ops;dev against crucible-users
  • If you want user mapping to work for only limited groups in Confluence, check the option Update User Groups
b. 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 only new users using the option Enable Default Groups for.
SSO Settings

The settings in Sign In Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On
a. 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

b. 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

c. 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.

d. Advanced Settings
You can extend Confluence default session timeout using these steps. By default it is set to 60 mins.