This document is ONLY relevant if you were using the experimental
SamlAuthentication authentication module in your VPN portal. As this module
is experimental we kept the freedom to break things if necessary without you
being able to complain about that ;-) However, it is nice to "support" it at
least a little bit.
Versions of vpn-user-portal < 2.2.0 supported only the
method. From 2.2.0 there is support for both
PhpSamlSpAuthentication. The former is a "full" SAML SP application, similar
to simpleSAMLphp in how it functions. From version 2.3.0 support for
SamlAuthentication will be removed, and thus any user of this MUST upgrade to
PhpSamlSpAuthentication. Luckily, this is quite easy! It also makes sense to
upgrade in window between the 2.2.0 release and the 2.3.0 release as it gives
you the option and time to switch back if necessary and complain to us.
Make sure your system is fully up to date by installing and applying all updates and reboot. When updating to 2.2.0 everything will keep working as-is, don't worry.
On Debian, make sure you enable the configuration:
$ sudo a2enconf php-saml-sp $ sudo systemctl restart apache2
On CentOS/Fedora you'd only need to restart Apache to enable it, which would also be accomplished by installing all updates as above and rebooting the system.
Figure out which IdP is currently supported by looking for
/etc/vpn-user-portal/config.php configure that as an entry in
idpList. In case you were using a
discovery service you would have to check your discovery service configuration
for which IdPs are supported and include all of them under
/etc/php-saml-sp/config.php. The metadata used before is specified under
idpMetadata. Copy this file to
/etc/php-saml-sp/metadata (as root):
# mkdir /etc/php-saml-sp/metadata # cp /path/to/idp/metadata.xml /etc/php-saml-sp/metadata
You can set the entity ID of your SP under
entityId if you want to keep
using the old one. The default SP entityID for
https://vpn.example.org/vpn-user-portal/_saml/metadata. The default SP
entity ID of
Keeping the entity ID the same is especially important when using
eduPersonTargetedID as the identity depends on the entity ID of the SP.
Once you configured these, your new SP should be up and running. Now you need
to talk to your IdP(s) to reimport the metadata from
https://vpn.example.org/php-saml-sp/metadata. After that is done your can
run an authentication test from
https://vpn.example.org/php-saml-sp/. If it
doesn't work, review your
/etc/php-saml-sp/config.php file and make sure
the metadata is correctly made available under
XML files, e.g.
idp-n.xml. However, feel free
to name them any way you like, as long as they end in
.xml it is fine.
Typically you want to indicate in the name for which IdP it is, though :-)
Once everything works, you can switch
vpn-user-portal to use
PhpSamlSpAuthentication and set the
The following options left over from
SamlAuthentication are no longer needed
and can be removed. They are now configured in
The rest stays as is. After making these changes, the VPN portal should be using php-saml-sp!
After everything works you can now remove the old SAML keys:
# rm /etc/vpn-user-portal/sp.*