Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Cool Changes to the OpenSSO Console

Some new attributes have been added to the OpenSSO Administration Console and are available now in the nightly builds.
  1. Prompt User for Old Password is a flag that will do just that - add a text field to the Change Password page that would require a user to enter the old password when changing it. The attribute is located under the top level Configuration tab. Underneath the Configuration tab, click the Console tab and then the Administration link. It is in the Realm Attributes section.
    If not checked, the old password will not be required. This is the default behavior. If checked, the behavior is dependent upon whom is changing the password: the administrator or the end user.

    • If an administrator is changing the password for the end user, the old password is not required. The Prompt User for Old Password text field will be grayed out and the password will be changed by calling the getIdentity method in com.sun.identity.idm.IdUtils.
    • If the end user is changing the password on their own, the old password will be required. The Prompt User for Old Password text field will be enabled and, after it has been entered, the password will be changed by calling the changePasswordmethod in com.sun.identity.idm.AMIdentity.
  2. Requested Key Type allows you to define the key system used by the STS Client profile defined; for example, the default SecurityTokenService. The attribute is located under the top level Access Control tab. Under the Access Control tab, click the appropriate realm link, then the Agents tab and then the STS Client tab. Click the name of the profile you are configuring to see the attribute under the Security section.
    You can choose Public Key (two keys are used - one to encrypt the data and one to decrypt the data) or Symmetric Key (one key is used to encrypt and decrypt the data).
  3. A SAML Configuration section has been added to the STS Client and Web Service Client agent profiles to help configure the SAMLv2 protocol. (The section already exists for the Web Service Provider agent profile.) The section is located under the top level Access Control tab. Under the Access Control tab, click the appropriate realm link, then the Agents tab and then the STS Client tab or the Web Service Client tab. Click the name of the profile you are configuring to see the SAML Configuration section link. The section includes the following attributes.

    • SAML Attribute Mapping: This configuration maps the SAML attribute in an assertion from an incoming web service request to an attribute that would be fetched from either an authenticated OpenSSO SSOToken or the configured OpenSSO identity data store. The SAML attribute would be placed in the Attribute Statement created by the Security Token Service for a web service provider. The format is SAML_attr_name=OSSO_attr_name where SAML_attr_name is the SAML attribute name in the assertion from an incoming web service request and OSSO_attr_name is the attribute name that is fetched from OpenSSO.
    • SAML NameID Mapper Plugin: This attribute defines the NameID mapper plug-in class to be used for SAML account mapping.
    • SAML Attributes Namespace: This attribute defines the name space used to qualify SAML attributes and elements.
    • Include Memberships: If enabled, this attribute specifies that the principal's membership data must be included in the assertion as a SAML attribute.

Now here's Cool Change from Little River Band.

Friday Aug 14, 2009

The New OpenSSO Console Rip-Off

OK, it's not technically a rip-off but that's all I could come up with in the time allotted.

The team of OpenSSO engineers have been working on a new administration console. The plan is to release a beta version of the new console with OpenSSO Express Build 8. Although the trees that contribute to the nightly build and the Express 8 build have not yet been consolidated, portions of the new beta console are available for your perusal in the nightly build. Things will undoubtedly change before the actual release; the following information is so you can take a look at the direction we are going.

This new OpenSSO administration console is in beta and should only be used for test environments. Continue to use the standard OpenSSO administration console for real-time deployments.

After deploying opensso.war to a web container, login to OpenSSO as the administrator and enter protocol://machine.domain:port/deploy-uri/admin in the Location Bar of a browser to display the new console interface.

The Entitlements, Federation and Web Service Security tabs comprise the bulk of features currently in this new console. Accommodations have been made for these features by providing inline help displayed on the console screen. Additional documentation will be available after the beta release. Working With the Entitlements Service The Entitlements tab contains the new work flows for ease-of-use when creating new, and managing existing, policies for the new Entitlements Service. These features are only available in the beta administration console. You must choose the framework with which you will be creating policies for your resources. The options are the Policy Service using the standard administration console and the Entitlements Service using the beta administration console. Once the choice is made (by creating and saving a policy using one or the other), only that service (Entitlements or Policy) will be enabled. Migration of policies from previous versions of OpenSSO is not supported.

Using the Federation Work Flows The Federation tab contains the new work flows for ease-of-use when creating and registering entity providers for the Federation Service using the SAMLv2 protocol. These work flows are available in either the standard or beta administration console. If you create SAMLv2 entity providers using the work flows in the beta administration console, you manage the configurations using the standard administration console.

Using the Web Services Security Work Flows The Web Service Security tab contains the new work flows for ease-of-use in creating profiles to work with the Web Service Security framework. These work flows are available only in the beta administration console although profiles can also be created by manually configuring attributes using the standard administration console. You can create profiles in the beta console and manage them in the standard console.

Displaying Realms The intent with the beta administration console is to hide realms. If no realms are configured using the standard console, the applicable interface to switch realms will not be visible in the beta console, nor anything about referrals. If you create a realm using the standard console, realm and referral menu items are visible.

Now enjoy the greatly, soulful Laura Lee and her 1972 hit, Rip-Off.


Monday Apr 27, 2009

Maybe You'll Know: 'Logging In To The OpenSSO Console' Review

Over the next few months, the OpenSSO writer's team will be moving our deliverables from docs.sun.com to our new documentation wiki.

I've started rewriting chapters from the Administration Guide to close a myriad of issues filed against the book so I decided to put the wiki URLs with the new text out for public review and comments. Click to read the first (albeit simple) chapter, Logging In To The OpenSSO Console.

I envision the information in Logging In To The OpenSSO Console as an explanation of the login process and what the user might see after logging in. What I am looking for from the reviewers is what other console-related infomration might be worth mentioning. This would only be from an administration/interface perspective. This is not the chapter to refer to customizing the console as that would most likely have already been done by the time an administrator begins to log in.

Thoughts? Comment here or on the wiki.

Coming later this week: Chapter 2: Organizing Data Within Realms

In the meantime, here's Cyndi Lauper as lead singer of Blue Angel performing Maybe He'll Know. She's a charmer!

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