These are instructions for installing the simpleSAMLphp framework and configuring it to work with MyAccess. If your application is written in PHP, you may prefer to use simpleSAMLphp rather than Shibboleth.
These instructions assume you are using the Apache web server on a UNIX-like operating system. simpleSAMLphp will also work on Windows, but you will need to adjust the instructions. They were written for simpleSAMLphp 1.10.0, but will probably work on other versions.
For simpleSAMLphp to work, your PHP install needs to have the mcrypt module loaded. If you intend to use simpleSAMLphp with Drupal, you will also need the sqlite PHP module.
Download the latest version of simpleSAMLphp:
Unpack the archive into /opt and make a symbolic link without the version number:
The www directory in the simpleSAMLphp distribution needs to be accessible through the web server. To do that, add the following line to your Apache configuration:
Then reload your Apache configuration:
On certain operating systems (Ubuntu, Debian) you may need to use "apache2ctl" instead of "apachectl".
Create SSL certificate
Generate an SSL certificate and key that simpleSAMLphp will use to secure communication with the UCSF MyAccess IdP. Run the following commands:
Answer the questions, but don't worry too much about the answers. This information won't be visible to your users.
Edit the file /opt/simplesamlphp/config/authsources.php and make the following changes.
Configure SSL cert
Let simpleSAMLphp know about the SSL certificate and key you just created. Find the "default-sp" section, and add these lines:
Still in the "default-sp" section, find the "entityID" line and set the value to the domain name of your app followed by "/simplesaml". For example:
Specify an Identity Provider
Still in the "default-sp" section, find the "idp" line and set the value to match the MyAccess IdP you want to use. Unless you've been told otherwise, use the staging IdP.
- Production: (or urn:mace:incommon:ucsf.edu)
Set Admin Password
Close authconfig.php and open config.php. Find the auth.adminpassword line, and set it to a value of your choice. Please do not use the same password you use elsewhere at UCSF. For example:
Set Contact Information
Find the lines for technicalcontact_name and technicalcontact_email and set them to your name and email address, or those of the person who will be maintaining the application. For example:
Convert Attribute Names
You'd probably rather deal with attribute names like "givenName" and "email" than "urn:oid:126.96.36.199" and "urn:oid:1.2.840.1135188.8.131.52", wouldn't you? simpleSAMLphp will convert them for you, but you have to tell it to. Find the "authproc.sp" section, and add this line:
Drupal Only: Change Session Store
If you are going to use simpleSAMLphp with Drupal, you need to change the way that simpleSAMLphp stores its session data. Find the store.type and store.sql.dsn lines and change them to this:
For this to work, you will also need to have the SQLite PHP module installed.
Save SP Metadata
To integrate with MyAccess, you will need to send us a copy of your SP's metadata. You can get that by visiting this URL, replacing "hostname.ucsf.edu" with your site's domain name: