Add CILogon Authentication


This process is fraught with problems and requires more hand holding than I am willing to document. If you’d like to add CILogon authentication we recommend you contact us.

The following prerequisites need to be satisfied:

  • Registered with CILogon and was given a client id and secret
  • The mod_auth_openidc Apache module version 2.0.0 or newer installed on the OnDemand Server
  • The ood_auth_discovery PHP project deployed on the local file system (be sure to properly brand it for your center)
  • The ood_auth_registration PHP project deployed on the local file system (be sure to set up LDAP connection settings as well as brand it for your center)
  • The ood_auth_mapdn Python project deployed on the local file system (outside of the scope of this documentation)

The Apache configuration file for mod_auth_openidc will need to be set up along the lines of:

# /path/to/httpd/conf.d/auth_openidc.conf

OIDCMetadataDir      /path/to/oidc/metadata
OIDCCryptoPassphrase "<Chosen Passphrase>"

# Keep sessions alive for 8 hours
OIDCSessionInactivityTimeout 28800
OIDCSessionMaxDuration 28800

# Don't pass claims to backend servers
OIDCPassClaimsAs environment

# Strip out session cookies before passing to backend
OIDCStripCookies mod_auth_openidc_session mod_auth_openidc_session_chunks mod_auth_openidc_session_0 mod_auth_openidc_session_1

Then you will need to add the CILogon IdP configuration settings in the metadata directory you specified in the above config to the following three files:

  1. /path/to/oidc/metadata/

      "issuer": "",
      "authorization_endpoint": "",
      "token_endpoint": "",
      "userinfo_endpoint": "",
      "response_types_supported": [
      "token_endpoint_auth_methods_supported": [
  2. /path/to/oidc/metadata/

      "client_id": "<CLIENT ID>",
      "client_secret": "<CLIENT SECRET>"
  3. /path/to/oidc/metadata/

      "scope": "openid email profile org.cilogon.userinfo",
      "response_type": "code",
      "auth_request_params": "skin=default"

After you’ve accomplished all the above successfully give yourself a pat on the back and lets continue.

Now we can modify your ood-portal-generator configuration file as such:

# /etc/ood/config/ood_portal.yml

# Use OpenID Connect for authentication
  - "AuthType openid-connect"
  - "Require valid-user"

# OpenID Connect options
oidc_uri: /oidc
oidc_discover_uri: /discover
oidc_discover_root: /var/www/ood/discover

# Allow user to register their authenticated user name to a local system
# user name
register_uri: /register
register_root: /var/www/ood/register

# If a user can't be mapped to a system user name, then redirect them to the
# registration page
map_fail_uri: /register

# Use OpenID Connect logout
logout_redirect: /oidc?

# Use a grid-mapfile for mapping authenticated user name to the system user
# name
user_map_cmd: /opt/ood/ood_auth_map/bin/ood_auth_map.mapfile

Where the logout_redirect contains the URL that the user is redirected to after they are logged out of their session.

Build the Apache configuration file and install it. Fingers crossed it all works.