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Single Sign On - SAML

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML-based standard that allows you to communicate authentication decisions between one service and another. Website Toolbox supports SAML for single sign-on into a Website Toolbox forum from a corporate portal or identity provider for clients who have purchased a Standard or Premium forum subscription plan.

An identity provider is a trusted provider that enables you to use single sign-on to access other websites. A service provider is a website that hosts applications (ie: Website Toolbox).

Please follow the directions below to integrate the SAML SSO into your website:

  1. Establish a SAML identity provider and gather information from your identity provider. This is the provider that will send single sign-on requests to Website Toolbox.
    1. The version of SAML the idP uses (1.1 or 2.0). We support only SAML 2.0.
    2. The entity ID of the IDP (also known as the issuer).
    3. IDP Metadata XML file.
  2. You may need to use following values to setup SAML SSO into your website's Identity Provider.
    1. Entity Id - https://USERNAME.websitetoolbox.com/sp
    2. ACS URL - https://USERNAME.websitetoolbox.com/saml/module.php/saml/sp/saml2-acs.php/USERNAME (Assertion Consumer Service)
    3. Subject Type - User's username, federation ID or user ID. (It specifies which field defines the user's identity for the application).
    4. Name ID Format -The allowed NameID formats are:
      urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent
      urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
      urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified.
  3. Add the following URLs to the SSO settings page to setup the Service Provider initiated Login and Logout.
    1. Log In Page - Your website's Login page URL.
    2. Log Out Page - Your website's Log out page URL.
  4. Provide your Identity Provider Metadata file to our customer support team for configuration of SAML.
  5. You have to set the following user attributes for users signing in via SAML:

    AttributeDescription
    userId Unique userid of user. (Required)
    username Username of user. (Required)
    email Email address of user. (Required)
    apikey API key of Website Toolbox Forum. (Required) You can get the API key here.
    nickName The user's nick name. (Required if you are using the Salesforce idP)
    firstName The user's first name. (Optional)
    lastName The user's last name. (Optional)

    You set these attributes using an attribute statement in your SAML assertion. Example:

    <saml:AttributeStatement xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion">
    	<saml:Attribute Name="userId" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
    	<saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">00528000000Seyz</saml:AttributeValue></saml:Attribute>
    	<saml:Attribute Name="username" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
    	<saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">nSrivastava</saml:AttributeValue></saml:Attribute>
    	<saml:Attribute Name="email" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
    	<saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">neeraj@gmail.com</saml:AttributeValue></saml:Attribute>
    	<saml:Attribute Name="apikey" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
    	<saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">0XrYQtH5ZsHf58QtH5Zs8NKRMdKVJFyr8i5hpOO</saml:AttributeValue></saml:Attribute>
    </saml:AttributeStatement>
Website Toolbox expects a SAML assertion that looks like this:
<samlp:Response xmlns:samlp="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protocol" Destination="http://USERNAME.websitetoolbox.com/saml/module.php/saml/sp/saml2-acs.php/default-sp" ID="_87fcab9d9410312049f835674a7e65d41466607023109" IssueInstant="2016-06-22T14:50:23.109Z" Version="2.0">
   <saml:Issuer xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion" Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:entity">https://abc.my.salesforce.com</saml:Issuer>
   <ds:Signature xmlns:ds="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#">
     <ds:SignedInfo>
       <ds:CanonicalizationMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#"/>
       <ds:SignatureMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#rsa-sha1"/>
       <ds:Reference URI="#_87fcab9d9410312049f835674a7e65d41466607023109">
         <ds:Transforms>
           <ds:Transform Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#enveloped-signature"/>
           <ds:Transform Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#">
             <ec:InclusiveNamespaces xmlns:ec="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#" PrefixList="ds saml samlp xs xsi"/>
           </ds:Transform>
         </ds:Transforms>
         <ds:DigestMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#sha1"/>
         <ds:DigestValue>1N29VuJQuNw0bglPXTYSw6L5lgw=</ds:DigestValue>
       </ds:Reference>
     </ds:SignedInfo>
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     <ds:KeyInfo>
       <ds:X509Data>
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       </ds:X509Data>
     </ds:KeyInfo>
   </ds:Signature>
   <samlp:Status>
     <samlp:StatusCode Value="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:status:Success"/>
   </samlp:Status>
   <saml:Assertion xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion" ID="_c111e599082e09ec1e67f2c4c5fd53f01466607023109" IssueInstant="2016-06-22T14:50:23.109Z" Version="2.0">
     <saml:Issuer Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:entity">https://neeraj3-dev-ed.my.salesforce.com</saml:Issuer>
     <ds:Signature xmlns:ds="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#">
       <ds:SignedInfo>
         <ds:CanonicalizationMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#"/>
         <ds:SignatureMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#rsa-sha1"/>
         <ds:Reference URI="#_c111e599082e09ec1e67f2c4c5fd53f01466607023109">
           <ds:Transforms>
             <ds:Transform Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#enveloped-signature"/>
             <ds:Transform Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#">
               <ec:InclusiveNamespaces xmlns:ec="http://www.w3.org/2001/10/xml-exc-c14n#" PrefixList="ds saml xs xsi"/>
             </ds:Transform>
           </ds:Transforms>
           <ds:DigestMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#sha1"/>
           <ds:DigestValue>VWSipDpvJ5SpsmgrjL+7vrlIsCM=</ds:DigestValue>
         </ds:Reference>
       </ds:SignedInfo>
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       <ds:KeyInfo>
         <ds:X509Data>
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         </ds:X509Data>
       </ds:KeyInfo>
     </ds:Signature>
     <saml:Subject>
       <saml:NameID Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:unspecified">nSrivastava</saml:NameID>
       <saml:SubjectConfirmation Method="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:cm:bearer">
         <saml:SubjectConfirmationData NotOnOrAfter="2016-06-22T14:55:23.110Z" Recipient="http://USERNAME.websitetoolbox/saml/module.php/saml/sp/saml2-acs.php/default-sp"/>
       </saml:SubjectConfirmation>
     </saml:Subject>
     <saml:Conditions NotBefore="2016-06-22T14:49:53.110Z" NotOnOrAfter="2016-06-22T14:55:23.110Z">
       <saml:AudienceRestriction>
         <saml:Audience>https://USERNAME.websitetoolbox/sp</saml:Audience>
       </saml:AudienceRestriction>
     </saml:Conditions>
     <saml:AuthnStatement AuthnInstant="2016-06-22T14:50:23.110Z">
       <saml:AuthnContext>
         <saml:AuthnContextClassRef>urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:ac:classes:unspecified</saml:AuthnContextClassRef>
       </saml:AuthnContext>
     </saml:AuthnStatement>
     <saml:AttributeStatement>
       <saml:Attribute Name="userId" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">00528000000sgQZ</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="username" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">nSrivastava</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="email" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">neeraj@websitetoolbox.com</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="is_portal_user" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">false</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="apikey" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">uJWAd1W9Q99sdk8vj3ujZqd3e4jJ0PTLLrdUSlkNVf</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="nickName" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">neerajs</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="lastName" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">neeraj</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
       <saml:Attribute Name="firstName" NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified">
         <saml:AttributeValue xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:type="xs:anyType">srivastava</saml:AttributeValue>
       </saml:Attribute>
     </saml:AttributeStatement>
   </saml:Assertion>
 </samlp:Response>

Here are some links related to SAML2.0 documentation, which may help you to understand the SAML2.0 SSO setup:

Note that we also support other single sign on methods which may be easier to setup.


If you still need help, please contact us.