Microsoft SharePoint - SSO Agent - WS-Fed Configuration - RSA Ready SecurID Access Implementation Guide

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This section contains instructions on how to integrate RSA SecurID Access with Microsoft SharePoint using a WS-Fed SSO Agent.

Architecture Diagram



RSA Cloud Authentication Service

Follow the steps in this section to configure RSA Cloud Authentication Service as an SSO Agent WS-Fed IdP to Microsoft SharePoint.


1. Logon to the RSA Cloud Administration Console and browse to Applications > Application Catalog, search for Microsoft SharePoint WS-Fed and click +Add to add the connector.

2. Enter a name for the application in the Name field and click the Next Step button

3. Scroll to the SAML Identity Provider section on the Connection Profile page and copy the value from the Identity Provider URL field.

4. Scroll to the top of the page and paste the identity provider URL in the Menu URL field.

5. You must import a private/public key pair to sign and validate SAML assertions. Follow the steps to generate a certificate bundle

  1. Scroll to the SAML Response Signature section and click the Generate Certificate Bundle button.

  2. In the Common Name (CN) field, enter the host name of the SharePoint service provider’s server that will be sending authentication requests.

  3. Click the Generate and Download button, save the certificate bundle ZIP file to a secure location and extract its contents. The ZIP file will contain private key, public key, public certificate and certificate signing request.

6. Click the Choose File button on the left of the Generate Certificate Bundle button, locate and select a private key for signing SAML assertions and click the Open button.

7. Click the Choose File button underneath the Generate Certificate Bundle button, locate and select your public certificate and click the Open button.

8. Select Include Certificate in Outgoing Assertion check box.

9. Enter your relying party URL in the Relying Party URL field. The URL format is

https://<SharePoint URL>:<port number>/_trust.

Note:  It is necessary to configure SharePoint web application with SSL. Consult Microsoft documentation for instructions to configure SSL. If SharePoint web application is configured with default SSL port (port 443), then it is not necessary to specify port number in the Relying Party URL.


10. Enter the relying party ID in the Relying Party ID field. You will use this value as your SharePoint realm name. Use the format urn:<string 1>:<string 2>. You may choose any values for <string 1> and <string 2>.

11. Decide which claim type(s) you will use to identify an authenticated user. See the link about claims-based identity This example uses as claim type URL. Under Attribute Extension section

  1. Select Identity Source from the Attribute Source drop-down list.
  2. In the Attribute Name field, enter the attribute name that corresponds to your claim. The attribute name in this example is emailaddress.
  3. Select the name of your user identity source from the Identity Source drop-down list.
  4. Select mail from the Property drop-down list.

12. Click the Next Step button.

13. On the User Access page, configure the Access Policy settings and click Next Step button


14. On the Portal Display page, click Save and Finish button.

15. Click the Publish Changes button at the top of the page.





Microsoft SharePoint

Follow the steps in this section to configure Microsoft SharePoint as an SSO Agent WS-Fed SP to RSA Cloud Authentication Service

This section is divided into the following subsections:

  1. Create a Trusted Identity Token Issuer for RSA SecurID Access

  2. Configure a SharePoint Web Application to Use the RSA SecurID Access Token Issuer

  3. Configure addtional SharePoint web applications for RSA SecurID Access Integration


Create a Trusted Identity Token Issuer for RSA SecurID Access:

1. Log into your SharePoint server host and open the SharePoint Management Shell.

2. Create a root certificate object using the signing certificate you downloaded from SecurID Access and copied to your SharePoint server. Replace c:\certs\cert.pem with the path and name of your signing certificate

$root_cert = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2("c:\certs\cert.pem")

3. Create a trusted root authority for your token issuer and set the root certificate. Replace SECURID_ACCESS with the name you want to give to your trusted root authority.

New-SPTrustedRootAuthority -Name "SECURID_ACCESS" -Certificate $root_cert

4. Enter the command below to create (a) claim type(s) mapping (s). Replace with your claim type URL (s). See the following URL for information about claims-based identity.

$email_claim = New-SPClaimTypeMapping –IncomingClaimType "" -IncomingClaimTypeDisplayName "Email Address" –SameAsIncoming

5. Enter the command below to create a variable to hold the name of your realm. This is the value you set as Relying Party ID in step 10 in previous section.

$realm = "urn:sharepoint2016:defaultsite"

6. Enter the New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer command below to create a token issuer.

  1. Replace SECURID_ACCESS_IDR with a unique name to identify your token issuer.

  2. Replace "SecurID Access IDR" with a description of the issuer.

  3. Replace with your Identity Provider URL followed by an ampersand (&).
  4. Replace with your claim type URL.

$issuer = New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer -Name "SECURID_ACCESS_IDR" –Description "SecurID Access IDR" -realm $realm -ImportTrustCertificate $root_cert -ClaimsMappings $email_claim -SignInUrl "" -IdentifierClaim

!Important: You must set the New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer command’s SignInUrl parameter to your IdP URL with an & appended to the end of it. If IdP URL is, set the SignInUrl to in the command above.


7. Follow the steps in the next section to enable RSA SecurID Access authentication on the SharePoint web application.


Configure a SharePoint Web Application to Use the RSA SecurID Access Token Issuer:

1. Open SharePoint Central Administration and click the Manage web applications link

2. Highlight the web application you want to configure and click the Authentication Providers button


3. Click the Default link on the Authentication Providers dialog box.


4. Confirm that the Integrated windows Integration checkbox is checked and that NTLM is selected in the dropdown list.


5. Check the Trusted Identity Provider check box.

6. Check the checkbox for the for the token issuer name you chose above.



7. Click the Save button.

8. Log into the SharePoint site as an administrator.

9. Click the gear icon to the right of the System Account menu and click the Site settings menu item


10. Click the Site permissions link in the Users and Permissions section of the Site Settings page.


11. Click the Grant Permissions button at the top of the page.


12. Enter your token issuer name in the list.

13. Select the appropriate group/permission level from the dropdown based on your requirements and click the Share button.




Configure additional SharePoint web applications for RSA SecurID Access Integration

For configuring addtional SharePoint web applications for RSA SecurID access protection, add additional "Microsoft SharePoint WS-Fed" connectors for each web application and also create corresponding "Trusted Identity Token Issuer" for RSA SecurID Access in the SharePoint using the same procedures mentioned in RSA Cloud Authentication Service and Microsoft SharePoint configuration sections


Note:  While creating additional "Trusted Identity Token Issuer", SharePoint does not allow to reuse the same certificate that was used to create the first "Trusted Identity Token Issuer". Regenerate public certificate again using "Generate Certificate Bundle" option and use it to create a new "Trusted Identity Token Issuer".




Configuration is complete.


Return to the main page for more certification related information.