SAML Single Sign-on (SSO Login) into Joomla using WSO2
miniOrange Joomla SAML SP SSO plugin helps you to integrate your Joomla site to WSO2 using SAML 2.0 protocol. Our user-friendly plugin simplifies the process of setting up Single Sign-on (SSO) with WSO2 in Joomla, ensuring a secure login experience. This enables users to access various Joomla sites effortlessly using their WSO2 IDP credentials.
Our plugin is designed to be compatible with Joomla 3, 4 as well as 5 and works seamlessly with all SAML 2.0 compliant Identity Providers. For a detailed overview of the comprehensive features offered by the Joomla SAML SP plugin, please visit our page here. Below, we provide a step-by-step guide on configuring SAML SSO login between your Joomla site and WSO2, with WSO2 serving as the Identity Provider (IDP) and Joomla as the Service Provider (SP).
What is SSO ?
Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication method that enables users to access multiple applications with one-click login and one set of credentials. For example, after users log in to your Joomla site, they can automatically access all resources of the Joomla site. The implementation of SSO involves configuring one system to trust another for user authentication, removing the need for users to log in separately to each system. The system that authenticates users is called an Identity Provider. The system that trusts the Identity Provider for authentication is called the Service Provider.
In this context, the system responsible for authenticating users is referred to as the Identity Provider (IDP), while the system relying on the Identity Provider for authentication is known as the Service Provider (SP). When a user initiates a login attempt, the Service Provider sends a SAML request to the Identity Provider. Upon successful IDP authentication, SAML assertions containing user information are transmitted back to the Service Provider. Subsequently, the Service Provider receives the assertion, verifies it based on the Identity Provider configuration, and grants the user access to your Joomla website.
Expand the Role/Permission Configuration section, and then expand the Permissions as well as the Role Mapping sections.
Click Add Permission and specify the service provider specific permission that you want to add.
Click Add Role Mapping and enter appropriate values for the Local Role as well as the Service Provider Role.
Inbound Authentication Configuration
Go to SAML2 Web SSO Configuration.
Click on Configure.
In Register New Service Provider page, Select Mode as URL Configuration.
Copy the Metadata URL from Service Provider Metadata tab in the plugin.
Paste the URL in the text box under Upload Service Provider Metadata from URL.
Click on the Upload button.
Click on the OK button.
Identity Provider Metadata
Under Inbound Authentication Configuration, click on SAML2 Web SSO Configuration.
Click Edit besides the Issuer of your Service Provider.
You can verify the details of your Service Provider here.
Check the Enable Attribute Profile and Include Attribute in the Response Always for
Click on Download IDP Metadata button.
Click on Update button.
Keep this IDP metadata for configurations of Joomla SAML SP plugin.
Configure WSO2 with Joomla
In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab. There are three ways to configure the plugin:
By Uploading Metadata File:
In Joomla SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab, then click on Upload IDP metadata.
By Metadata URL:
Enter Metadata URL (Copied from WSO2) and click on Fetch Metadata.
Copy SAML Entity ID, SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL and X.509 certificate from
Federation Metadata document and paste it in Idp Entity ID or Issuer, Single Sign-on URL, X.509 Certificate
fields respectively in the plugin.
IdP Entity ID or Issuer
SAML Entity ID in the Federation Metadata document
Single Sign-On URL
SAML Single-Sign-On Endpoint URL in the Federation Metadata document
X.509 Certificate Value
X.509 Certificate in the Federation Metadata document
Click on Save button and then Test Configuration button.
Once the test configuration is successful you will get the following window.
Congratulations we have successfully configured Joomla SAML Service Provider with WSO2 as Identity Provider.
Group/Role mapping helps you to assign specific roles to users of a certain group in your Identity Provider (IdP).
While auto registering, the users are assigned roles based on the group they are mapped to.
Step 6. Redirection & SSO Links.
Go to Login Settings tab. You can add login Url to Perform SAML SSO in your Joomla site by following the steps below.
There are multiple features availabe in this tab like Auto redirect the user to Identity Provider and Enable Backend Login for Super Users. To use these features, click on the respective checkboxes.
Congratulations, you have successfully configured the miniOrange SAML SP plugin with your WSO2 as IDP.
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