Apereo CAS - dotCMS SAML2 Integration

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Keith Conger of Colorado College, an active member of the CAS community, was kind enough to contribute this guide.

dotCMS is an open source content management system (CMS) written in Java for managing content and content-driven sites and applications. As a SAML2 service provider, dotCMS can be integrated with CAS running as a SAML identity provider and this blog post provides a quick walkthrough of how to make that integration possible.

Our starting position is based on the following:


First, ensure that your CAS deployment is equipped to act as a SAML2 identity provider. Next, you may also use the JSON Service Registry to keep track of the dotCMS relying-party registration record in JSON definition files.

The JSON file to contain the dotCMS registration record would be as follows:

  @class: org.apereo.cas.support.saml.services.SamlRegisteredService
  serviceId: your-dotcms-entity-id
  name: dotCMS
  id: 1
  description: dotCMS Content Mangement System
    @class: org.apereo.cas.services.ReturnAllowedAttributeReleasePolicy
      @class: org.apereo.cas.services.support.RegisteredServiceMutantRegexAttributeFilter
        @class: java.util.LinkedHashMap
        memberOf: (?<=CN=)([^,]+)->$1
  metadataLocation: https://path.to.your.dotcmscloud.com/dotsaml/metadata/3dd4ad1e-e2ab-492e-a428-87af35d341fd
  signAssertions: true
  skipGeneratingSubjectConfirmationNotBefore: true
  signResponses: true

A few things to point out:

  • You will of course need to adjust the serviceId and metadataLocation to match your data and dotCMS instance.
  • Make sure the AssertionConsumerService endpoint in the dotCMS metadata contains the urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-Redirect binding.
  • Make sure CAS has retrieved the allowed attributes (i.e. mail, givenName, etc) listed in the JSON definition file.
  • Regarding the memberOf attribute, the values fetched from the directory are typically in the format of CN=WebAdmin,OU=something,OU=something,DC=somewhere,DC=edu. The service provider requires only the CN portion of the attribute value where CAS would need to produce <saml2:AttributeValue>WebAdmin</saml2:AttributeValue> instead of <saml2:AttributeValue>CN=WebAdmin,OU=something,OU=something,DC=somewhere,DC=edu</saml2:AttributeValue>. This bit is handled via the RegisteredServiceMutantRegexAttributeFilter element in the JSON file.


Thanks to Keith Conger of Colorado College who was kind enough to share the above integration notes. If you too have an integration with a well-known SAML2 service provider, please consider sharing that guide in form of a blog post here as well.

Misagh Moayyed

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