SAML Identity Provider library in ruby
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Ruby SAML Identity Provider (IdP)

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The ruby SAML Identity Provider library is for implementing the server side of SAML authentication. It allows your application to act as an IdP (Identity Provider) using the SAML v2.0 protocol. It provides a means for managing authentication requests and confirmation responses for SPs (Service Providers).

Setting up a "real" IdP is such an undertaking I didn't care for such an achievement. I wanted something very simple that just works without having to install extra components and setup extra infrastructure. In it's current form it's basic. This is because currently I use it for manual and end-to-end testing purposes of the Service Provider side only. It is reversed engineered from real-world SAML Responses sent by ADFS systems.

Installation and Usage

Add this to your Gemfile:

gem 'ruby-saml-idp'

Not using rails?

Include SamlIdp::Controller and see the examples that use rails. It should be straightforward for you.

Basically you call decode_SAMLRequest(params[:SAMLRequest]) on an incoming request and then use the value saml_acs_url to determine the source for which you need to authenticate a user. How you authenticate a user is entirely up to you.

Once a user has successfully authenticated on your system send the Service Provider a SAMLReponse by posting to saml_acs_url the parameter SAMLResponse with the return value from a call to encode_SAMLResponse(user_email).

Using rails?

Add to your routes.rb file, for example:

get '/saml/auth' => 'saml_idp#new'
post '/saml/auth' => 'saml_idp#create'

Create a controller that looks like this, customize to your own situation:

class SamlIdpController < SamlIdp::IdpController
  before_action :find_account
  # layout 'saml_idp'

  def idp_authenticate(email, password)
    user = @account.users.where(:email => params[:email]).first
    user && user.valid_password?(params[:password]) ? user : nil

  def idp_make_saml_response(user)


    def find_account
      @subdomain = saml_acs_url[/https?:\/\/(.+?)\, 1]
      @account = Account.find_by_subdomain(@subdomain)
      render :status => :forbidden unless @account.saml_enabled?


The most minimal example controller would look like:

class SamlIdpController < SamlIdp::IdpController

  def idp_authenticate(email, password)

  def idp_make_saml_response(user)


Keys and Secrets

To generate the SAML Response it uses a default X.509 certificate and secret key... which isn't so secret. You can find them in SamlIdp::Default. The X.509 certificate is valid until year 2032. Obviously you shouldn't use these if you intend to use this in production environments. In that case, within the controller set the properties x509_certificate and secret_key using a prepend_before_action callback within the current request context or set them globally via the SamlIdp.config.x509_certificate and SamlIdp.config.secret_key properties.

The fingerprint to use, if you use the default X.509 certificate of this gem, is:


Service Providers

To act as a Service Provider which generates SAML Requests and can react to SAML Responses use the excellent ruby-saml gem.


Lawrence Pit,,, @lawrencepit


Copyright (c) 2012 Lawrence Pit. See MIT-LICENSE for details.