3. Configure OnDemand to authenticate with Keycloak

OnDemand’s Apache needs to use mod_auth_openidc to be able to act as an OpenID Connect client to Keycloak. We will install mod_auth_openidc and modify OnDemand’s Apache configs to enable authentication via Keycloak.

3.1. Install mod_auth_openidc

  1. Install httpd24-mod_auth_openidc from ondemand-web repo

    sudo yum install httpd24-mod_auth_openidc

3.2. Re-generate main config using ood-portal-generator

  1. Edit the YAML configuration file for the ood-portal-generator located under /etc/ood/config/ood_portal.yml as such:

    # /etc/ood/config/ood_portal.yml
    # List of Apache authentication directives
    # NB: Be sure the appropriate Apache module is installed for this
    # Default: (see below, uses basic auth with an htpasswd file)
      - 'AuthType openid-connect'
      - 'Require valid-user'
    # Redirect user to the following URI when accessing logout URI
    # Example:
    #     logout_redirect: '/oidc?logout=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com'
    # Default: '/pun/sys/dashboard/logout' (the Dashboard app provides a simple
    # HTML page explaining logout to the user)
    logout_redirect: '/oidc?logout=https%3A%2F%2Fondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu'
    # Sub-uri used by mod_auth_openidc for authentication
    # Example:
    #     oidc_uri: '/oidc'
    # Default: null (disable OpenID Connect support)
    oidc_uri: '/oidc'

    Notice that we are

    • changing the Authentication directives for openid-connect
    • specifying /oidc to be the sub-uri used by mod_auth_openidc
    • specifying that /logout should redirect to this /oidc sub-uri to handle logout and specifying after logout, the user should be redirected back to OnDemand (which in this tutorial’s case is https%3A%2F%2Fondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu, the query param escaped format of https://ondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu)
  2. Then build and install the new Apache configuration file with:

    sudo /opt/ood/ood-portal-generator/sbin/update_ood_portal

    The effect of this change in the Apache config (in case you want to apply the changes manually) are:

    1. Change the authentication directives for all of the Locations that require authentication i.e.:

         <Location "/nginx">
      -    AuthType Basic
      -    AuthName "Private"
      -    AuthUserFile "/opt/rh/httpd24/root/etc/httpd/.htpasswd"
      -    RequestHeader unset Authorization
      +    AuthType openid-connect
           Require valid-user
           LuaHookFixups nginx.lua nginx_handler
    2. Update the Redirect "logout" directive

      -  Redirect "/logout" "/pun/sys/dashboard/logout"
      +  Redirect "/logout" "/oidc?logout=https%3A%2F%2Fondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu"
    3. Add the <Location "/oidc"> directive

      # OpenID Connect redirect URI:
      #     https://ondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu:443/oidc
      #     #=> handled by mod_auth_openidc
      <Location "/oidc">
        AuthType openid-connect
        Require valid-user

3.3. Add Keycloak config to OnDemand Apache for mod_auth_openidc

  1. Add the file /opt/rh/httpd24/root/etc/httpd/conf.d/auth_openidc.conf with the contents:

    OIDCProviderMetadataURL https://ondemand-idpdev.hpc.osc.edu/auth/realms/ondemand/.well-known/openid-configuration
    OIDCClientID        "ondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu"
    OIDCClientSecret    "1111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111"
    OIDCRedirectURI      https://ondemand-dev.hpc.osc.edu/oidc
    OIDCCryptoPassphrase "4444444444444444444444444444444444444444"
    # Keep sessions alive for 8 hours
    OIDCSessionInactivityTimeout 28800
    OIDCSessionMaxDuration 28800
    OIDCRemoteUserClaim preferred_username
    # 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
    1. OIDCClientID: replace with the client id specified when installing the client in Keycloak admin interface
    2. OIDCClientSecret: replace 1111111-1111-1111-1111-1111111111111 with client secret specified from the Credentials tab of the client in Keycloak admin interface
    3. OIDCCryptoPassphrase: replace 4444444444444444444444444444444444444444 with random generated password. I used openssl rand -hex 40.
    4. Verify the OIDCProviderMetadataURL uses the correct realm and the port Apache exposes to the world for Keycloak by accessing the URL.
  2. Change permission on file to be readable by apache and no one else:

    sudo chgrp apache /opt/rh/httpd24/root/etc/httpd/conf.d/auth_openidc.conf
    sudo chmod 640 /opt/rh/httpd24/root/etc/httpd/conf.d/auth_openidc.conf
  3. Then restart OnDemand’s Apache. OnDemand should now be authenticating using KeyCloak.

Stop both servives:

sudo systemctl restart httpd24-httpd


We prevent OIDC_CLAIM headers from being passed through to the PUN by specifying in this file to pass claims as environment, instead of as HTTP headers, since Apache won’t pass any environment off to the PUN when proxying requests, but would pass HTTP headers.