Web Service shibboleth authentication is not working.

Dave Perry Dave.Perry at hull-college.ac.uk
Thu Sep 11 05:12:12 EDT 2014


This sounds similar to the problem we had with the moodle mobile app - it uses web services on the site, but if a site had shibboleth authentication then it stopped it working.

The solution devised was twofold:
1) a plugin for moodle which was able to (publically, no login required) tell the app whether an external SSO system like shibboleth was in place
2) the app had to be adapted to call this web service, and redirect the user (via a web browser embedded in the app) to the shibboleth login page - once a shibboleth session was setup ok the browser picked this up and sent the data needed for the session back to the app

I've not had to try implementing ECP, but could that be connected to a potential solution? My understanding is that it's meant for when you have, say Office 365 email and a mail client e.g. Mail on iPhone tries connecting to this via IMAP (so prompts for authentication) but I'm not sure if this works for web services.


Dave Perry
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-----Original Message-----
From: users-bounces at shibboleth.net [mailto:users-bounces at shibboleth.net] On Behalf Of Nate Klingenstein
Sent: 03 September 2014 10:45
To: Shib Users
Subject: Re: Web Service shibboleth authentication is not working.


I'm not able to interpret your question well enough to give you a helpful response.  The best thing I can do is refer you to here:


The picture will show you how things typically work, and there's some text.  Here is some background about using SAML with non-browser user agents.


Hope this helps,

On Sep 3, 2014, at 3:19 AM, Robin_Elisha <rabindra.srivastava.itbhu06 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have an application deployed and running using Application authentication.
> The application also supports web  services which can be invoked from 
> outside which again uses application authentication to login and 
> execute web service operations. After some time we decided to move to 
> shibboleth authentication and done it successfully. However now web 
> services are not able to authenticate using shibboleth and are not 
> working. Can someone point out what could be the issue?
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