Surrogate Authentication

Surrogate authentication (impersonation), sometimes known as sudo for the web, is the ability to authenticate on behalf of another user.

The two actors in this case are:

  1. The primary admin user whose credentials are verified upon authentication.
  2. The surrogate user, selected by the admin, to which CAS will switch after credential verification and is one that is linked to the single sign-on session.

Example use cases for impersonation include:

  1. Logging into an application on behalf of a user to execute and make changes.
  2. Troubleshoot a bothersome authentication experience with an application on behalf of another user.

Surrogate authentication is enabled by including the following dependencies in the WAR overlay:

implementation "org.apereo.cas:cas-server-support-surrogate-webflow:${project.'cas.version'}"
dependencyManagement {
  imports {
    mavenBom "org.apereo.cas:cas-server-support-bom:${project.'cas.version'}"

dependencies {  
  implementation "org.apereo.cas:cas-server-support-surrogate-webflow"

The following settings and properties are available from the CAS configuration catalog:

The configuration settings listed below are tagged as Required in the CAS configuration metadata. This flag indicates that the presence of the setting is not strictly necessary in the end-user CAS configuration, because a default value may be assigned or the feature in question may not be immediately intended for use. You may want to own the setting and update it assigned value, assuming the intended feature controlled by the setting is utilized.