Ruby SAML Identity Provider (IdP)
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:
Not using rails?
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
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 end def idp_make_saml_response(user) encode_SAMLResponse(user.email) end private def find_account @subdomain = saml_acs_url[/https?:\/\/(.+?)\.example.com/, 1] @account = Account.find_by_subdomain(@subdomain) render :status => :forbidden unless @account.saml_enabled? end end
The most minimal example controller would look like:
class SamlIdpController < SamlIdp::IdpController def idp_authenticate(email, password) true end def idp_make_saml_response(user) encode_SAMLResponse("email@example.com") end end
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
secret_key using a
prepend_before_action callback within the current request context or set them globally via the
The fingerprint to use, if you use the default X.509 certificate of this gem, is:
To act as a Service Provider which generates SAML Requests and can react to SAML Responses use the excellent ruby-saml gem.
Copyright (c) 2012 Lawrence Pit. See MIT-LICENSE for details.