Monday Apr 28, 2014

JIT User Provisioning in OIF / SP

In this article, I will discuss on how to add user provisioning to OIF/SP which allows the server to create a user record on the fly during Federation SSO, if the user does not have an account yet.

During a Federation SSO operation, OIF/SP will validate the incoming SSO response (SAML or OpenID) and will attempt to map it to a local LDAP user record based on information contained in the SSO response (typically user attributes):

  • If the mapping returns a single user record, the operation is a success and an OAM session is created for that user record
  • If the mapping returns several LDAP records, then the operation is a non-recoverable failure:
    • Either the mapping configuration is incorrect
    • Or there are invalid LDAP user records in the directory
  • If the mapping does not return any records, this means that
    • Either the mapping configuration is incorrect
    • Or the configuration is correct, but the user does not have a record in the local directory: in this case, OIF/SP can be set up to automatically create an LDAP user record based on the data contained in the SSO response, and ensure that subsequent Federation SSO mapping operations for that user will map to the same new LDAP user record

OIF/SP will validate the SSO response, process the attributes using rules defined in the IdP Attribute Profile for the IdP partner, and if needed will invoke the User Provisioning module configured in OIF/SP:

  • Either the included User Provisioning module
  • Or a custom implementation of a User Provisioning module

After the invocation of the User Provisioning module (default or custom), the server will create a session for the user. Subsequent Federation SSO operations for the same user will result in OIF/SP mapping the SSO response to that newly created LDAP record.

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Damien Carru is a member of the Oracle Identity Management organization, focusing on Federation and SSO. This blog will cover Federation use cases involving Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Identity Federation and Oracle Security Token Service

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