Authentication With Single Sign-On (SSO)
SUSE Manager supports single sign-on (SSO) by implementing the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2 protocol.
Single sign-on is an authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of credentials. SAML is an XML-based standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data. A SAML identity service provider (IdP) provides authentication and authorization services to service providers (SP), such as SUSE Manager. SUSE Manager exposes three endpoints which must be enabled for single sign-on.
SSO in SUSE Manager supports:
Log in with SSO.
Log out with service provider-initiated single logout (SLO), and Identity service provider single logout service (SLS).
Assertion and nameId encryption.
Message signatures with AuthNRequest, LogoutRequest, and LogoutResponses.
Enable an Assertion consumer service endpoint.
Enable a single logout service endpoint.
Publish the SP metadata (which can be signed).
SSO in SUSE Manager does not support:
Product choosing and implementation for the identity service provider (IdP).
SAML support for other products (check with the respective product documentation).
For an example implementation of SSO, see Example SSO Implementation.
If you change from the default authentication method to single sign-on, the new SSO credentials apply only to the Web UI.
Client tools such as
Before you begin, you need to have configured an external identity service provider with these parameters. Check your IdP documentation for instructions.
Your IdP must have a SAML:Attribute containing the username of the IdP user domain, called
You need these endpoints:
Assertion consumer service (or ACS): an endpoint to accept SAML messages to establish a session into the Service Provider. The endpoint for ACS in SUSE Manager is: https://server.example.com/rhn/manager/sso/acs
Single logout service (or SLS): an endpoint to initiate a logout request from the IdP. The endpoint for SLS in SUSE Manager is: https://server.example.com/rhn/manager/sso/sls
Metadata: an endpoint to retrieve SUSE Manager metadata for SAML. The endpoint for metadata in SUSE Manager is: https://server.example.com/rhn/manager/sso/metadata
After the authentication with the IdP using the user
orgadmin is successful, you are logged in to SUSE Manager as the
orgadmin user, provided that the
orgadmin user exists in SUSE Manager.
Using SSO is mutually exclusive with other types of authentication: it is either enabled or disabled. SSO is disabled by default.
If your users do not yet exist in SUSE Manager, create them first.
/etc/rhn/rhn.confand add this line at the end of the file:
java.sso = true
Find the parameters you want to customize in
/usr/share/rhn/config-defaults/rhn_java_sso.conf. Insert the parameters you want to customize into
/etc/rhn/rhn.confand prefix them with
java.sso. For example, in
onelogin.saml2.sp.assertion_consumer_service.url = https://YOUR-PRODUCT-HOSTNAME-OR-IP/rhn/manager/sso/acs
To customize it, create the corresponding option in
/etc/rhn/rhn.confby prefixing the option name with
java.sso.onelogin.saml2.sp.assertion_consumer_service.url = https://YOUR-PRODUCT-HOSTNAME-OR-IP/rhn/manager/sso/acs
To find all the occurrences you need to change, search in the file for the placeholders
YOUR-IDP-ENTITY. Every parameter comes with a brief explanation of what it is meant for.
Restart the spacewalk service to pick up the changes:
When you visit the SUSE Manager URL, you are redirected to the IdP for SSO where you are requested to authenticate. Upon successful authentication, you are redirected to the SUSE Manager Web UI, logged in as the authenticated user. If you encounter problems with logging in using SSO, check the SUSE Manager logs for more information.