Configure SAML2 authentication¶
This page describes the steps necessary to setup SAML2 authentication on eLabFTW with an IDentity Provider (IDP). It assumes that you already know what we’re talking about.
The IDP can lookup identity on an LDAP directory and deal with two factors authentication.
Setup the Service Provider¶
The service provider is the elabftw install. Head to the Sysadmin panel, click the SAML tab.
Debug mode: Set to “No”. We don’t want to print errors
Strict mode: Set to “Yes”. Otherwise the mechanism is not secure
Base url: Where did you install elabftw? Example: https://elabftw.example.edu
entityId: The same as base URL
SAML protocol binding: basically it can be POST or HTTP-redirect. Depending on your IDP, set the correct value here
Single Logout Service: The same as entityId
Single Logout Service protocol binding: basically it can be POST or HTTP-redirect. Depending on your IDP, set the correct value here
NameIDFormat: this value is to select which attribute will be used to lookup the user in the elabftw database. At the moment, only email is supported
x509 certificate: Generate a self-signed certificate and export it in PEM
Private key: the private key corresponding to the certificate
To generate a certificate, you can use this command:
openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout private.key -x509 -days 9999 -out cert.crt
Use the content of private.key and cert.crt.
Alternatively you can use this site to generate a self-signed certificate.
Setup the IDentity Provider¶
Name: Visible to the user logging in. Example: “Institut Curie”
entityId: Example: https://idp1.agroparistech.fr/shibboleth
SSO url: Single Sign On URL
SSO binding: Example: “urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST”
SLO url: Single Log Out URL
SLO binding: Example: “urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect”
x509 cert: the public key of the IDP
Disable local login/register¶
Go to the Server tab of the Sysadmin panel. From there you can disable local login (to force SAML auth) and also disable local registration.
How does it work?¶
When a user successfully logins to the IDP, the email address is looked up. If it doesn’t exist, the user is created. If the team doesn’t exist either, it is created on the fly. You can configure this behavior from the Sysconfig panel.
SAML configuration can be tricky. I recommend that you use the SAML-tracer addon (available for Chrome or Firefox) to see the requests and be able to verify what is sent and received.