Another day, another attribute

Wynne, David D.Wynne at
Fri Nov 23 12:00:59 EST 2012

Thanks Rod.

I've been working with linux + Apache for many years & already had SSL config already setup so it's a familiar environment for me.

Done as you suggest with certs for the 8443 port pointing to the idp/credentials files.

On the subject of certificates I've always generated a "self-signed" certificate for our Apache webserver as previously it's only been used internally. Do I now need to buy a certificate from a root signing authority like Verisign for our Apache webserver if we want to authenticate with our shibboleth-idp on other Shibboleth SP's other than testshib ? The attributes seem to work on testshib but other SP's might block them because our Apache cert is untrusted.

-----Original Message-----
From: users-bounces at [mailto:users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Rod Widdowson
Sent: 23 November 2012 16:14
To: 'Shib Users'
Subject: RE: Another day, another attribute

I guess that I am surprised that, for a new installation, you are using Apache since it means more work for you.  But that has to be your call.  I will suggest strongly that you test SAML1 since you will need this (as well as SAML2) in the UK federation for a few years yet.

> Shouldn't these credentials be syncronised ? If so, how do I do that ?


You may well want (and it could be your federations recommendation) to use a different certificate for the IdP & port 8443 from the one user for port 443.  Not least of the reasons is to save you the effort of updating everywhere when your browser certificate need renewed.

I would very much recommend that you use the same key/certificates for the
8443 port and the IdP other uses and I would view it as essential these come from the same file.  Configure this by editing the config files to make sure that they point to the same place.  For myself I would edit the httpd config to collect from the IdP config space rather than the other way around.


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