Thursday, 8 March 2018

Integrating SAML with Adobe Experience Manager

SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is a standard technology to provide authorization information between an IdP (identity provider) and SP (service Provider). SAML is a key technology to achieve SSO (Single Sign On) as multiple SPs can validate the authentication token provided by a single IdP.

In Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) 6.x, a SAML authentication handler is provided by default. So, you do not have to write a handler for authentication. This handler provides support for the SAML 2.0 Authentication Request Protocol (Web-SSO profile) using the HTTP POST binding.

To configure the SAML Authentication Handler, you need to perform these tasks:

  • IdP Post URL (On which the user is redirected to for one-time authentication)
  • SP ID (Your AEM instance is SP in this case).

A single IdP can have multiple SP entities and every SP entity can have a different redirect URL after successful authentication, hence it is recommended to have a SP ID. (This would be provided by the IdP entity).

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I (Scott Macdonald) am a Senior Experience League Community Manager at Adobe Systems with 20 years in the high tech industry. I am also a programmer with knowledge in Java, JavaScript, C#,C++, HTML, XML and ActionScript. If  you would like to see more AEM or other end to end articles like this, then leave a comment and let me know what content you would like to see.

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