SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Jira using miniOrange

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

Step 1: Setup miniOrange as Identity Provider

Follow the steps below to configure miniOrange as an Identity Provider

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  • Go to miniOrange Admin console https://login.xecurify.com/moas/login and login with your miniOrange credentials.
  • From the left menu, go to Apps Manage Apps.

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  • In the right upper corner, select Configure Apps.

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  • In the search apps textbox, type <application name> (SAML).

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  • Select searched application and click on Add App.
  • Enter the following the textboxes:

    Custom Application Name App name you like to provide.
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Enter SP Entity ID / Issuer from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
    ACS URL Enter ACS (Assertion Consumer Service) URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
    Single Logout URL Enter Single Logout URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin
  • Click on Save to add the App.

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  • Select Default from the Group Name dropdown.
  • Enter Policy Name you would like to provide.
  • Select Password from the First Factor Type dropdown.
  • Click on Save to save the policy.

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  • Navigate to Apps Manage Apps.
  • Click on the metadata link against your app.
  • Download the Metadata XML File or note down the given information and keep it handy to configure the add-on.

Step 2: Setup Jira as Service Provider

Configuring Single IDP

With the information you have been given by Your IDP team, you can configure IDP settings in 3 ways:

A. By Metadata URL

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



B. 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



C. Manual Configuration

Go to Configure IDP tab and enter the following details

  • IDP Entity ID
  • Single Sign On URL
  • Single Logout URL
  • X.509 Certificate
Configure New IDP

If you already have one IDP & you are looking to add Second IDP then you can do it by performing the following steps.

  • Navigate to Configure IDP tab.
  • Click on Add new IDP.
  • It will present a blank form & you can configure new IDP using steps from Single IdP Setup.
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Configure multiple IDPs

If you have configured more than two IDPs then it will show you the list of IDP that you have configured with Jira.

Click on Add new IdP button for adding new IDP on Jira. The steps for adding new IDP will remain the same.

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An operation that you can perform with List of IdPs page.

  • Add / delete Identity Provider.
  • Test Connection between Jira & IdP by click on Test button for respective IDP.
  • Edit the IdP configuration by clicking on the Edit button.
  • You can allow an only specific set of users to access Jira by using Domain Mapping.

Single Sign-On with Multiple Identity Provider(IDP)

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

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Configure Domain Mapping

You can enable domain mapping using Use Domain Mapping option.
Once enable it, you need add domain name against each IDP.
After enabling Domain Mapping it allows SSO only for those users whose domain matches with the specified one.

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Single Sign-On using Domain mapping

Enter the user email address. It will check your domain name with the configured domain if it matches then it will redirect you to the respective Identity Provider Login page.

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This is how the login screen would appear after enabling domain mapping.

Step 3: Setting up Jira user profile attributes

    We will be setting up user profile attributes for Jira. 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.

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    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 Jira 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 the only login, configure the attribute using which you will match the user in Jira.
  • c. Matching a User
    When the user logs into Jira, one of the user's data/attribute coming in from the IDP is used to search the user in Jira. This is used to detect the user in Jira and log in the user to the same account.
  • Go to User Profile tab
  • Select Username or Email for Login/Search Jira 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 Jira. 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.

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    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 Jira 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 Jira are shown. You can map groups in IDP which correspond to Jira 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 Jira, check the option Update User Groups

  • b. Setting default group
  • Select the users' Default Group in the tab User Groups.Users are added to this group by default.
  • You can enable default groups for all users/new users and None using the option Enable Default Groups for.

Step 5: SSO Settings

    The settings in SSO Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On.
    a. Sign In Settings
  • Set Enable SSO for Jira Software to allow SSO for Jira Software users.
  • 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
  • Select Secure Admin Login Options to control admin access.
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    b. Service Desk SSO Settings
  • Set Enable SSO For ServiceDesk Customer Portal to allow SSO for Service Desk user.
  • Set Enable SSO Only For Agents to allow SSO only for specific set of users
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    c. Custom Login Template
  • Design your own login template that will be used to intitate SSO.

  • d. Sign Out Settings
  • Set Logout URL or Logout Template to redirect users after logout action.
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    e. 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.
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    f. Advanced settings
  • Remember Me-cookie: If enabled, user stays logged in until user explicitly logs out.
  • You can extend Jira default session timeout. By default it is set to 300 mins.
  • Validate IDP's SAML Response: Configure time difference(in minute) here In case Jira server time is not in sync with your IDP's time.

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