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Single Sign-On (SSO)

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What is Shibboleth?

Shibboleth is an open-source project that provides Single Sign-On capabilities and allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.

Provide your Identity Provider (IdP) metadata via a link or XML file

Please email the XML file or a link to the file to your ResLife Portal contact.

Add our QA/Preview Service Provider (SP) metadata file to your Shibboleth configuration so we can test against our QA/Preview servers

Contact us for our QA/Preview metadata file.

Once verified on QA/Preview, please add our PRODUCTION Service Provider (SP) metadata file to your Shibboleth configuration

Contact us for our PRODUCTION metadata file.

Request time to work with the implementations team to test

Please contact us to set a meeting with your implementation lead and a ResLife Portal representative to ensure everything was correctly configured.


ResLife Portal: Shibboleth FAQ

What information does ResLife Portal retrieve from a Shibboleth Identity Provider?

ResLife Portal retrieves and uses the following attributes:

  • "eduPersonPrincipalName": Commonly a user's school email
  • "givenName", "FirstName", or "firstname": User's first name
  • "sn", "LastName", or "lastname": User's last name
  • "email" or "Mail": User's email (optional if eduPersonPrincipalName isn't the unique email)

What does ResLife Portal do with the information it retrieves?

ResLife Portal authenticates existing user accounts or resident records. It does not create a new user account or resident record if one does not exist.

Metaphorically speaking, our system does a "double hand-shake": first establishing the connection to your organization Identity Provider (IdP) via Shibboleth; second, by verifying the staff member or resident record exists within the ResLife Portal.

Is the connection between the Identity Providers and ResLife Portal secure?

Yes, all information transmitted from the Identity Providers and ResLife Portal is secure over SSL.

How does my IT team configure Shibboleth for ResLife Portal?

You'll need your IT team to update your attribute-filter.xml file with configurations for ResLife Portal. Contact us to discuss.


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