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Hosting Authentication Endpoint on a Different Server

The authentication endpoint contains the authentication URLs used in authentication flow. You can use the default authenticationendpoint webapp that is hosted on WSO2 Identity Server itself, or choose to host it on a separate server. You may want to host it separately for the purpose of having custom theming and branding.

This section describes how you can host the authentication endpoint on a different server outside the WSO2 Identity Server  (e.g., in a different Tomcat Server).

Moving the authenticationendpoint from WSO2IS and hosting it on a separate web server

Before you begin

First, get a copy of the <IS_HOME>/repository/deployment/server/webapps/authenticationendpoint folder to <WEBAPP_HOME>/.

  1. Copy the following .jar files from the <IS_HOME>/repository/components/plugins/ directory to the <WEBAPP_HOME>/authenticationendpoint/WEB-INF/lib directory.

    - abdera_*.jar 
    - ant_*.jar 
    - axiom_*.jar 
    - axis2_*.jar 
    - bcprov-jdk15on_*.jar 
    - commons-cli_*.jar 
    - commons-collections_*.jar 
    - commons-dbcp_*.jar 
    - commons-fileupload_*.jar 
    - commons-httpclient_*.jar 
    - commons-io_*.jar 
    - commons-lang_*.jar 
    - commons-pool_*.jar 
    - compass_*.jar 
    - encoder_*.jar 
    - com.google.gson_*.jar 
    - hazelcast_*.jar 
    - httpclient_*.jar 
    - httpcore_*.jar 
    - javax.cache.wso2_*.jar 
    - jdbc-pool_*.jar 
    - joda-time_*.jar 
    - json_*.jar 
    - jstl_*.jar 
    - neethi_*.jar 
    - opensaml_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.equinox.http.helper_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.base_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi.services_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.base_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.crypto.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.database.utils_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.common_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.base_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.template.mgt_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.queuing_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.registry.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.registry.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.securevault_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.user.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.user.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.utils_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.securevault_*.jar 
    - rampart-core_*.jar 
    - slf4j.api_*.jar 
    - tomcat-catalina-ha_*.jar 
    - tomcat-servlet-api_*.jar 
    - wsdl4j_*.jar 
    - XmlSchema_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.ui_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.authentication.endpoint.util_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.user.registration.stub_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt.stub_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt.ui_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.oauth_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.authentication.endpoint.util-*.jar 
    - jettison_*.jar 
    - javax.ws.rs-api-*.jar 
    - cxf-core-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-frontend-jaxrs-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-client-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-extension-providers-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-extension-search-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-service-description-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-transports-http-*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.bootstrap-*.jar 
    - tomcat-juli-*.jar 
    - xercesImpl-*.jar 
    - geronimo-jta_*.jar 
    - stax2-api-*.jar 
    - woodstox-core-asl-*.jar 
    - log4j-*.jar 
    - pax-logging-api-*.jar 
  2. Copy the following .jar files from the IS_HOME>/lib/runtimes/cxf/ directory to the <WEBAPP_HOME>/authenticationendpoint/WEB-INF/lib directory.

    - javax.ws.rs-
    - api `-2.0-m10.jar
    - cxf `-bundle-2.7.16.wso2v1.jar
    - neethi `-3.0.3.jar
    - wsdl4j-1.6.3.jar
  3. Uncomment following section in <WEBAPP_HOME>/authenticationendpoint/WEB-INF/web.xml and point to identity server URLs.

    ...   
    <context-param>
           <param-name>IdentityManagementEndpointContextURL</param-name>
    <param-value>https://$WEB_SERVER_HOST:$WEB_SERVER_PORT/accountrecoveryendpoint</param-value>
       </context-param>
        <context-param>
           <param-name>AccountRecoveryRESTEndpointURL</param-name>
         <param-value>https://localhost:9443/t/tenant-domain/api/identity/user/v0.9/</param-value>
       </context-param>
    ...
        <context-param>
            <param-name>IdentityServerEndpointContextURL</param-name>
            <param-value>https://localhost:9443</param-value>
        </context-param>
    ...
  4. Add the following configurations to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file.

    [authentication.endpoints] 
    login_url="https://$WEB_SERVER_HOST:$WEB_SERVER_PORT/authenticationendpoint/login.do"
    retry_url="https://$WEB_SERVER_HOST:$WEB_SERVER_PORT/authenticationendpoint/retry.do"
    request_missing_claims_url="https://$WEB_SERVER_HOST:$WEB_SERVER_PORT/authenticationendpoint/claims.do"
    [authentication.endpoints]
    login_url = "https://localhost.com:8443/authenticationendpoint/login.do"
    retry_url = "https://localhost.com.com:8443/authenticationendpoint/retry.do"
    request_missing_claims_url = "https://localhost.com:8443//authenticationendpoint/claims.do"
  5. Add the following configurations to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file to point to the authentication endpoint hosted outside the WSO2 server.

    [oauth.endpoints]
    oauth2_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_authz.do"
    oauth2_error_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_error.do"
    oidc_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_consent.do"
    oidc_logout_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_logout_consent.do"
    oidc_logout_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_logout.do"
    
    [saml.endpoints] 
    logout= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/samlsso_logout.do"
    notification= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/samlsso_notification.do"
    
    [passive_sts.endpoints] 
    retry= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/retry.do"
  6. Import the public certificate of the identity server to the javaca certs (or web-serverstruststore) of the JVM that the authenticationendpoint is running.

    keytool -export -keystore $IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/wso2carbon.jks -alias wso2carbon -file wso2carbon.cer
    keytool -import -alias wso2carbon -keystore  $WEB_APP_TRUSTSTORE -file wso2carbon.cer
  7. Import the public certificate of the Web_server’s keystore to the Identity Server truststore.

    keytool -export -keystore $WEB_APP_KEYSTORE -alias wso2carbon -file webserver.cer
    keytool -import -alias <alias> -keystore  $IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/client-trustore.jks -file webserver.cer

Moving the accountrecoveryendpoint from WSO2IS and hosting it on a separate web server

This is an additional improvement which enables hosting accountrecoveryendpoint.war also on a separate web server.

Before you begin

Get a copy of <IS_HOME>/repository/deployment/server/webapps/accountrecoveryendpoint folder to <WEBAPP_HOME>/.

  1. Add the following configuration to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file.

    [identity.auth_framework.endpoint]
    identity_server_service_url="https://$ref{server.hostname}:9443/services"
  2. Uncomment and change the my account reference in <WEBAPP_HOME>/accountrecoveryendpoint/WEB-INF/web.xml.

    <context-param>
            <param-name>UserPortalUrl</param-name>
            <param-value>https://localhost:9443/dashboard/index.jag</param-value>
    </context-param>
  3. Export the following paths.

    export WEB_APP_HOME=/Users/userfoo/<TOMCAT_HOME>/webapps
    export IS_HOME=/Users/userfoo/wso2is-5.6.0
    export WEB_APP_LIB=${WEB_APP_HOME}/accountrecoveryendpoint/WEB-INF/lib/

    Note: WEB_APP_HOME and IS_HOME paths are given as examples. You may have to change them according to your environment.

  4. Copy the following dependencies to <WEBAPP_HOME>/accountrecoveryendpoint/WEB-INF/lib

    - abdera_*.jar 
    - ant_*.jar 
    - axiom_*.jar 
    - axis2_*.jar 
    - bcprov-jdk15on_*.jar 
    - commons-cli_*.jar 
    - commons-collections_*.jar 
    - commons-dbcp_*.jar 
    - commons-fileupload_*.jar 
    - commons-httpclient_*.jar 
    - commons-io_*.jar 
    - commons-lang_*.jar 
    - commons-pool_*.jar 
    - compass_*.jar 
    - encoder_*.jar 
    - com.google.gson_*.jar 
    - hazelcast_*.jar 
    - httpclient_*.jar 
    - httpcore_*.jar 
    - javax.cache.wso2_*.jar 
    - jdbc-pool_*.jar 
    - joda-time_*.jar 
    - json_*.jar 
    - jstl_*.jar 
    - neethi_*.jar 
    - opensaml_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.equinox.http.helper_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.base_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi_*.jar 
    - org.eclipse.osgi.services_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.base_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.crypto.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.database.utils_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.common_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.base_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.template.mgt_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.queuing_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.registry.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.registry.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.securevault_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.user.api_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.user.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.utils_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.securevault_*.jar 
    - rampart-core_*.jar 
    - slf4j.api_*.jar 
    - tomcat-catalina-ha_*.jar 
    - tomcat-servlet-api_*.jar 
    - wsdl4j_*.jar 
    - XmlSchema_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.ui_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.authentication.endpoint.util_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.core_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.user.registration.stub_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt.stub_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.mgt.ui_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.oauth_*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.identity.application.authentication.endpoint.util-*.jar 
    - jettison_*.jar 
    - javax.ws.rs-api-*.jar 
    - cxf-core-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-frontend-jaxrs-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-client-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-extension-providers-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-extension-search-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-rs-service-description-*.jar 
    - cxf-rt-transports-http-*.jar 
    - org.wso2.carbon.bootstrap-*.jar 
    - tomcat-juli-*.jar 
    - xercesImpl-*.jar 
    - geronimo-jta_*.jar 
    - stax2-api-*.jar 
    - woodstox-core-asl-*.jar 
    - log4j-*.jar 
    - pax-logging-api-*.jar 

    Note

    Make sure the WebApp container server (of endpoint apps) is running with SSL enabled.

    e.g., if tomcat enabled the https connector, add the following to catalina.sh .

    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=$WEB_SERVER_KEYSTORE -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword=$password"
    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStore=$WEBSERVER_TRUSTORE -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStorePassword=$password"

Running the sample

  1. Download and install WSO2 IS and apache-tomcat into your local machine. Let’s consider IS installation as <IS_HOME> and tomcat installation as <TOMCAT_HOME>

  2. Get the sample setup scripts from the following location: https://github.com/wso2/samples-is/blob/master/host-endpoints-externally.

  3. Open <TOMCAT_HOME>/conf/server.xml file and enable the https connector on 8443 port.

    <Connector port="8443" protocol="org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11NioProtocol"
              maxThreads="150" SSLEnabled="true" scheme="https" secure="true"
              clientAuth="want" sslProtocol="TLS"
              sslEnabledProtocols="TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2"      keystoreFile="$IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/wso2carbon.jks"
    keystorePass="wso2carbon" truststoreFile="$IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/client-truststore.jks" truststorePass="wso2carbon"/>

    Note

    For this sample, we configured the same keystore and truststore in WSO2IS as the keystore and truststore in tomcat. In an actual environment, you may create a new keystore and truststore for tomcat and point to it. When using separate keystores and truststores, you need to import tomcat keystore’s public cert in to: <IS_HOME>/repository/resources/security/client-truststore.jks and, public cert of <IS_HOME>/repository/resources/security/wso2carbon.jks into tomcat’s truststore.

  4. Open <TOMCAT_HOME>/bin/catalina.sh and add following JAVA_OPTS.

    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS --Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=$IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/wso2carbon.jks -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword=wso2carbon"
    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStore=$IS_HOME/repository/resources/security/client-truststore.jks -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStorePassword=wso2carbon"
  5. Run setup-authentication.sh obtained from step 2 and follow the instructions.

  6. Once the script is complete, then the authentication endpoint is set up in the given <TOMCAT_HOME>/webapps location.

  7. Uncomment following section in <TOMCAT_HOME>/webapps/authenticationendpoint/WEB-INF/web.xml file and point to identity server URLs.

    …...   
    <context-param>
            <param-name>IdentityManagementEndpointContextURL</param-name>
    <param-value>https://localhost:9443/accountrecoveryendpoint</param-value>
        </context-param>
        <context-param>
            <param-name>AuthenticationRESTEndpointURL</param-name>
            <param-value>https://localhost:9443/api/identity/auth/v1.1/</param-value>
        </context-param>
    …..
        <context-param>
            <param-name>IdentityServerEndpointContextURL</param-name>
            <param-value>https://localhost:9443</param-value>
        </context-param>
    …...
  8. Add the following configurations to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file.

    [authentication.endpoints] 
    login_url="https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/login.do"
    retry_url="https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/retry.do"
    request_missing_claims_url="https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/claims.do"
  9. Add the following configurations to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file to point to the authentication endpoint hosted outside the WSO2 server.

    [oauth.endpoints]
    oauth2_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_authz.do"
    oauth2_error_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_error.do"
    oidc_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_consent.do"
    oidc_logout_consent_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_logout_consent.do"
    oidc_logout_page= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/oauth2_logout.do"
    
    [saml.endpoints] 
    logout= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/samlsso_logout.do"
    notification= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/samlsso_notification.do"
    
    [passive_sts.endpoints] 
    retry= "https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/retry.do"
  10. Start both Identity Server and tomcat and access https://localhost:9443/dashboard. Now you can see that the authentication is redirected to: https://localhost:8443/authenticationendpoint/login.do

    Now let’s take out account recovery endpoint into the external Tomcat server as well.

  11. Run setup-accountrecovery.sh obtained from step 2 and follow the instructions.

  12. Change the following section in <TOMCAT_HOME>/webapps/authenticationendpoint/WEB-INF/web.xml file and point to IdentityManagementEndpointContextURL into tomcat URL.

    … 
    <context-param>
            <param-name>IdentityManagementEndpointContextURL</param-name>
    <param-value>https://localhost:8443/accountrecoveryendpoint</param-value>
        </context-param>
    …
  13. Uncomment and change the my account reference in the <TOMCAT_HOME>/accountrecoveryendpoint/WEB-INF/web.xml file.

    …
    <context-param>
        <param-name>MyAccountUrl</param-name>
        <param-value>https://localhost:9443/myaccount</param-value>
    </context-param>
    ...
  14. Add the following configuration to the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file.

    [identity.auth_framework.endpoint]
    identity_server_service_url="https://$ref{server.hostname}:9443/services"
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