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shibboleth_idp (4) Versions 0.1.1

Installs Shibboleth IdP

cookbook 'shibboleth_idp', '= 0.1.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'shibboleth_idp', '= 0.1.1'
knife supermarket install shibboleth_idp
knife supermarket download shibboleth_idp
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Installs the Shibboleth SAML IdP



Tested and developed on CentOS


Requires the stock java and tomcat cookbooks, and works well with our
terracotta cookbook.


  • node["shibboleth"]["version"] - The version of the software we're
    installing. Should match the archive you place in files/default - see
    Usage below.

  • node['shibboleth']['install_dir'] - Where to unpack the installer. Defaults
    to /opt/src

  • node['shibboleth']['home'] - Where to install Shibboleth. Defaults to

  • node['shibboleth']['domain'] - Your IdP's domain name. Defaults to

  • node['shibboleth']['keystore_password'] - The password used to encrypt
    your java keystore. Defaults to badpass.

  • node['shibboleth']['loggers'] - A dictionary of Java classes and
    logging levels for each. Defaults are the same as regular Shibboleth.

  • node['shibboleth']['override_providers'] - A list of provider entityIDs
    that are valid for this IdP. Any others set in relying_parties will be
    silently ignored. This exists to conver a strange configuration at UCSF -
    most people can safely ignore it.

  • node['shibboleth']['profile_handler_schemas'] - A list of XML schemas to
    use in handler.xml. Defaults are the same as regular Shibboleth. You'd
    want to set this if you're setting a non-default handler.

  • node['shibboleth']['profile_handler_namespaces'] - A list of XML
    namespaces to use in handler.xml. Defaults are the same as regular
    Shibboleth. You'd want to set this if you're setting a non-default handler.

  • node['shibboleth']['extra_servlets'] - A dictionary of extra servlets to
    load. The libraries for these servlets must be listed in extra_libraries.
    For example, to configure the Duo Security two-factor login handler, your
    config might look like this:

    "extra_servlets": {
    "TwoFactorLoginHandler": {
    "class": "com.duosecurity.shibboleth.idp.twofactor.TwoFactorLoginServlet",
    "load_on_startup": "4",
    "url_pattern": "/Authn/DuoUserPassword"

  • node['shibboleth']['extra_docs'] - A list of documents (HTML, JSP, CSS,
    JS, etc.) to include at the root of the idp.war file. Each file listed here
    must also be added to files/default/

  • node['shibboleth']['extra_libraries'] - A list of extra libraries
    to add to the idp.war file. Each file listed here must also be added to

  • node['shibboleth']['session_lifetime'] - How long an IdP session lasts,
    in milliseconds. Defaults to 1800000, or 30 minutes.

  • node['shibboleth']['attributes'] - Data structure defining attributes.
    Defaults to the same set as regular Shibboleth. See the example below for
    the format.

  • node['shibboleth']['trust_certificates'] - A dictionary of names and PEM
    certificates that we should import into the Java trusted CA list. You may
    need to use this to be able to connect to an LDAPS server, for example.

  • node['shibboleth']['metadata_directories'] - A list of directories to
    look for metadata files in. All files will be automatically loaded by the

  • node['shibboleth']['remote_metadata'] - A dictionary of names and URLs
    to pull remote metadata files from.

  • node['shibboleth']['ldap_resolvers'] - Data structure defining LDAP
    resolvers. See the example below for the format.

  • node['shibboleth']['static_resolvers'] - Data structure defining static
    resolvers. See the example below for the format.

  • node['shibboleth']['computed_resolvers'] - Data structure defining
    computed resolvers. See the example below for the format.

  • node['shibboleth']['default_resolver'] - Which resolver to use for
    attributes that don't specify one, including the default set that you don't
    have to define.

  • node['shibboleth']['login_modules'] - Data structure defining modules to
    use for authentication. See the example below for the format.

  • node['shibboleth']['relying_parties'] - Data structure defining relying
    parties and what attributes we should release to them. Despite the name,
    unless you define a provider, each will only create an entry in
    attribute-filter.xml, not relying-parties.xml. See the example below for
    the format.


Place the Shibboleth IdP binary distribution zip file in the files/default/
directory of this cookbook. Also place any extra Java libraries you
want to use (e.g. custom login modules) in the same place.

Extract the login.css, login.jsp, and logo.jpg file from the Shibboleth IdP
distribution zip file, customize them, and place them in files/default/ as

Define at least the version, domain, and default_resolver attributes,
and define at least one each of metadata_directories/remote_metadata,
ldap_resolvers, login_modules, and relying_parties.

Here is an example node configuration:

  "name": "shibboleth-idp",
  "run_list": [
  "override_attributes": {
    "shibboleth_idp": {
      "session_lifetime": "7200000",
      "trust_certificates": {
        "foo": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\n...\n-----END CERTIFICATE-----\n"
      "metadata_directories": [
      "default_resolver": "myLDAP",
      "ldap_resolvers": {
        "myLDAP": {
          "attributes": {
            "ldapURL": "ldaps://",
            "baseDN": "dc=foo,dc=com",
            "principal": "uid=shibboleth",
            "principalCredential": "not a real password"
          "filter_template": "(uid=$requestContext.principalName)",
          "return_attributes": "uid displayName mail sn givenName"
      "static_resolvers": {
        "staticAttributes": {
          "isAwesome": [ "yes" ]
      "computed_resolvers": {
        "computedID": {
          "source_attribute": "uid",
          "salt": "never put salt in your eyes",
          "dependencies": [ "myLDAP" ]
      "remote_metadata": {
        "incommon": ""
      "login_modules": [
          "module": "edu.vt.middleware.ldap.jaas.LdapLoginModule",
          "host": "",
          "port": "636",
          "base": "ou=users,dc=foo,dc=com",
          "serviceUser": "uid=shibboleth,dc=ucsf,dc=edu",
          "serviceCredential": "not a real password",
          "userField": "uid"
      "attributes": {
        "eduPersonPrincipalName": {
          "type": "ad:Scoped",
          "scope": "",
          "source_attribute": "uid",
          "SAML1ScopedString": "urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:eduPersonPrincipalName",
          "SAML2ScopedString": "urn:oid:"
        "isAwesome": {
          "resolver": "staticAttributes",
          "SAML1String": "urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:isAwesome",
          "SAML2String": "urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:isAwesome"
        "transientId": {
          "type": "ad:TransientId",
          "resolver": false,
          "SAML1StringNameIdentifier": "urn:mace:shibboleth:1.0:nameIdentifier",
          "SAML2StringNameID": "urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:transient"
      "relying_parties": [
          "entityids": [
          "provider": "",
          "attributes": [ "eduPersonPrincipalName" ]
          "entityids": [ "" ],
          "attributes": [ "eduPersonPrincipalName", "surname", "givenName",
            "displayName", "email" ]

License and Author

Author:: Elliot Kendall (

Copyright:: 2012, Regents of the University of California

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