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This topic covers how to integrate a generic SAML application in the SecureAuth IdP to securely allow the right user access to SAML applications in your organization. 

  1. On the left side of the SecureAuth IdP page in the New Experience, click Application Manager.
  2. Click Add an Application.  
    The application template library appears. 
  3. From the list of application templates, select SAML Application
  4. On the Applications Details page, set the following configurations. 

    Application NameName is prefilled by default; you can optionally change the application name. This displays on the Application Manger list and on the Application Settings page. 
    Application DescriptionEnter descriptive name about this application integration.
    Upload logoClick Upload to add a logo for the SAML application. 
    Data StoresEnter the data stores to to authenticate and allow user access for this application. Start typing to bring up a list of data store names. You can enter more than one data store. 

    Use one of the following options: 

    • Slider in the On position (enabled): Allow users from every group in your selected data stores access to this application.
    • Slider in the Off position (disabled): Enter the specific groups who are allowed access to this application. 

  5. Click Continue
    The Connection Settings page appears.

  6. In the Configure Connection section, set the following configuration. 

    Connection Type

    Select one of the following: 

    • SP Initiated – Starts the login process at the service provider / application, then redirects the user to SecureAuth IdP for authentication, and upon successful authentication, it finally asserts the user back to the application.  The SAML specification allows for service providers to send authentication requests (AuthnRequest) to SecureAuth IdP either by HTTP Redirect or HTTP Post. The service provider configuration or metadata tells you what is used for the authentication request.
      • By Redirect – Use HTTP Redirect binding to send the AuthnRequest with the signature related to the request. 
      • By Post – Use HTTP Post binding to send the AuthnRequest with the embedded signature. 
    • IdP Initiated – Starts the login process at SecureAuth IdP, and upon successful authentication, asserts the user to the application. 

  7. In the User ID Mapping section, set the following configuration. 

    User ID Profile FieldSelect the profile field in your data store that contains the user IDs.  
    Name ID FormatSelect the name ID format to use for sending the SAML response. The default "unspecified" format is accepted by most applications. 

  8. In the SAML Assertion section, set the following configurations. 

    Upload Metadata

    If you have a preconfigured XML file with your SAML settings, select the Upload Metadata link at the bottom right of the page. 

    To use the metadata upload feature, you must provide an issuer, map user ID values, and select a certificate to properly configure the connection. 

    After the file is uploaded, review the prepopulated fields and make the necessary edits. 

    IdP IssuerA unique name that must match exactly on the SecureAuth IdP side and the application side. This helps the SAML application identify SecureAuth IdP as the SAML issuer.
    Assertion Consumer Service (ACS)Enter the URL from the service provider to let the application accept a SAML assertion from SecureAuth IdP.
    Relay StateOptional. User is directed to this URL after authentication. 

    Optional. This field is usually the same as the consumer (ACS) URL.


    Optional. A unique string that identifies the service provider (SP). Usually, this is the entity ID of the service provider. 

    SP Login URL

    This is the login URL of the Service Provider (SP). Usually, this is the same address the Relay State or Assertion Consumer Service (ACS) URL.

    Assertion will be valid for

    Indicate in hours and minutes, how long the SAML assertion is valid. It is referred to as SAML NotOnOrAfter in the SAML Specifications.

    The default setting is one hour, but for more sensitive application resources, the recommended value is between one to five minutes. 

    Offset Minutes

    Indicate in minutes to account for the time differences among devices. This is referred to as SAML NotBefore in the SAML Specifications.

    Recommended value is five minutes. 

    IdP Signing CertificateClick Select Certificate, choose the IdP signing certificate to use, and then click Select to close the box.  
    IdP Signing Certificate Serial NumberWhen you select an IdP signing certificate, the serial number populates this field. 
    Signing Algorithm

    The signing algorithm digitally signs the SAML assertion and response. 

    Choose the signing algorithm –  SHA1 or SHA2 (slightly stronger encryption hash and is not subject to the same vulnerabilities as SHA1). 

    Sign SAML Assertion

    Enable signing of the SAML assertion to ensure assertion integrity when the assertion is delivered to the service provider (SP). 

    Sign SAML Message

    Enable signing of the SAML message to ensure message integrity when the message is delivered to the service provider (SP). 

    Encrypt SAML Assertion

    Enable encryption of the SAML assertion if only the service provider and SecureAuth IdP should understand the assertion. Next, select the data and key encryption methods: 

    • Data Encryption Method – Select the algorithm of the data encryption method
    • Key Encryption Method – Select the type of key encryption method (symmetric or asymmetric)

  9. If more information from the directory needs to be sent in the assertion, in the SAML Attributes section, click Add SAML Attribute and set the following configurations.

    Attribute Name

    Provide the attribute name from the directory to which identifies the user to the application.

    For example, givenname

    Data Store Property

    Select the data store property which maps to this directory attribute. 

    For example, First Name

    Namespace (1.1)Set the authorization URL to tell the application which attribute is being asserted. 

  10. Click Add Application
    After saving the application, the Information for Service Providers page appears. 
  11. To complete the integration and establish a working connection with SecureAuth, provide the following information as required to the service provider.

    Login URL, Logout URL, IdP IssuerClick Copy to Clipboard to copy SecureAuth IdP realm information and paste it in the corresponding field on the service provider user interface, as required. 
    IdP Signing CertificateDownload the IdP Signing Certificate. 
    Download Metadata

    To download the metadata file: 

    1. Click Download Metadata.
    2. Enter the Domain name to the SecureAuth IdP appliance URL or IP address.
      For example, or
    3. Click Download to get the configuration file. 
    4. Upload the file to the service provider. 
  12. Click Continue to Summary to review the application settings.
  13. Click Back to Application Manager to find the application added to the list.