The identity federation standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 enables the secure exchange of user authentication data between web applications and identity service providers. When you use the SAML 2.0 protocol to enable single sign-on (SSO), security tokens containing assertions pass information about an end user (principal) between a SAML authority - an identity provider (IdP), and a SAML consumer - a service provider (SP). Echoes, acting as the service provider (SP), supports single sign-on through SAML using external identity providers (IdPs) such as Okta, OneLogin and Microsoft Active Directory Federation Service. Echoes is compatible with all external IdPs that support SAML 2.0.
Echoes supports Identity and Service Provider initiated SSO
Every member who creates a new account via SSO will be put into the global Organization with the default Contributor role.
Head to the configuration page to get the Echoes SP information to be set into your IDP:
- Assertion Consumer Service URL: This is the callback that the IdP will send to tell Echoes to log in a user.
- Entity ID/SAML Audience: A URL that describe the entity that is expected to receive the SAML message. In this case, it is the URL for Echoes.
- Metadata: Echoes SP metadata file (XML) can be downloaded.
Those attribute names are expected and mendatory.
Example of attribute assertion:
Head to the configuration page in order to enter the SAML information in order to configure the Echoes SP. Two values are to be set:
- SAML 2.0 Endpoint URL: In most cases it opens your Identity Provider's page where your end-users are to enter their credentials
- Public Key x.509 Certificate: Issued by your Identity Provider
Once configured, all users holding the email domain from the root Account Owner (root user who opened the Echoes account the very first time) will authenticate using SSO (personal login credentials will no longer work). Users who signup via invites with an email domain different from the root Account Owner will not authenticate using SSO.
Echoes makes use of Just-In-Time provisioning for member accounts; any new member created within an Identity Provider will have an account automatically created in Echoes when that member attempts to sign into Echoes for the first time.
Existing members will have their Echoes account automatically linked to their IDP account.
At this time, Echoes's SAML2 integration does not automatically deprovision inactive user accounts. Instead, the member remains inside of Echoes without any means to log in, as they can no longer access the IdP platform for sign-on. For now, inactive member accounts will need to be removed manually by a Manager or an Owner in Echoes.