15.7. SAML Web Browser Based SSO

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15.7.1. About SAML Web Browser Based SSO

PicketLink in JBoss EAP provides a platform to implement federated identity based services. This includes centralized identity services and Single Sign-On (SSO) for applications.
The SAML profile has support for both the HTTP/POST and the HTTP/Redirect bindings with centralized identity services to enable web SSO for your applications. The architecture for the SAML v2 based Web SSO follows the hub and spoke architecture of identity management. In this architecture an identity provider (IDP) acts as the central source (hub) for identity and role information to all the applications (Service Providers). The spokes are the service providers (SP).


If there are two or more SPs both pointing to the same IDP, the IDP does not distinguish between the different SPs. If you make requests to different SPs that point to the same IDP, the IDP handles the most recent request from an SP and sends back SAML assertion about the authenticated user. To get back to the an older SP request, you will need to reenter the SP URL in the browser.
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