I gave a short overview of OpenAM Session Upgrades in a previous article. This is a follow-up that intends to describe the process of configuring it and discussing some of its implications. This blog was sitting back half done as a Draft for several months. It was originally written based on ForgeRock OpenAM 10.x . OpenAM 11 has been released since then. I’m finally finding the time for finishing and publishing the article. It should apply for OpenAM 10.x as well as OpenAM 11.
profiq just announeced strategic partnership with ForgeRock for system integration of open-source and standard-based Access and Identity Management (IAM) products. This is a fundamental milestone in fulfilling profiq’s system integration and system testing strategy. We have spent the last 8+ years with deploying and testing ForgeRock products and their predecessors and looking forward to offering an extended service to customers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with ForgeRock.
SSO authentication introduces some technical challenges besides providing obvious benefits. Imagine for example that you need to assign different types or levels of authentication to different resources or different actions within a domain. E.g. you allow users to view information, if they successfully authenticate using user name and password, while you may require them to insert a special security code besides user name and password, if they want to start editing. Or you allow users to access general content using user name and password, while accessing specific content (e.g. admin content) needs a security certificate.
Now, what if the user is logged-in with one level or type of authentication, while she attempts to access a resource that requires a different level or type of authentication? Will she be asked to log-in again? What happens to the SSO session technically in such cases?
Although my use case for certificate based authentication is pretty basic, the existing documentation for Access Manager/OpenSSO/OpenAM is somewhat scarce and requires gathering information from various, often unrelated sources. For that reason, I have summarised the process in this article.