Hyperlinks to Shib Protected Apps in Microsoft Word

Mak, Steve makst at upenn.edu
Tue Apr 30 09:15:38 EDT 2019

Microsoft Office documents have a known behavior of pre-validating a URL path when clicking any link in an Office document and returning the first 200 response to the user (in the name of UX), but it tends to do this poorly and without much of the required context to complete a SAML flow properly.

We've never found an acceptable solution to this.  The fix for this behavior is unique to each machine.  I can't remember the MS KB article about it but I know one exists.

On 4/30/19, 8:59 AM, "users on behalf of Tom Scavo" <users-bounces at shibboleth.net on behalf of trscavo at gmail.com> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 8:47 AM James McCartin <jmccartin at loyola.edu> wrote:
> Users receive the error below when clicking on links in Microsoft Word to Shibboleth protected applications.  If they copy the URL from Word and go to it directly in their browser, they have no issues.  Any ideas why this occurs?

Login at the IdP requires multiple round trips. The ability to handle
redirects and cookies are required. Apparently that isn't happening.

Hope this helps,

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