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Configure WS-Federation

To navigate to the federated authenticators configuration section, do the following.

  1. Sign in. Enter your username and password to log on to the Management Console.

  2. Navigate to the Main menu to access the Identity menu. Click Add under Identity Providers.

  3. Fill in the details in the Basic Information section.

  4. Expand the WS-Federation(Passive) Configuration form.

  5. Fill in the following fields where relevant.

    Field Description Sample value
    Enable Passive STS Selecting this option enables Passive STS to be used as an authenticator for users provisioned to the Identity Server. Selected
    Default Selecting the Default checkbox signifies that Passive STS is the main/default form of authentication. This removes the selection made for any other Default checkboxes for other authenticators. Selected
    Passive STS Realm This is used as an identifier for the realm and can be any value. WSFederationHealthCare
    Passive STS URL

    When sending the authentication request, there is a request for a security token generated by WS-Trust.


    As long as the federated IdP is the WSO2 Identity Server, this URL must follow this format: https://(host-name):(port)/acs

    Passive STS User ID Location Select whether the User ID is found in 'Name Identifier' as part of the authentication request or if it is found among the claims. This specifies how the user is identified. User ID found in 'Name Identifier'
    Additional Query Parameters This is necessary if you are connecting to another Identity Server or application. Sometimes extra parameters are required by this IS or application so these can be specified here. paramName1=value1

Configuring hostname verification

In previous releases, Passive STS Single-Logout (SLO) requests for service providers were initiated without hostname verification which can impose a security risk. From IS 5.2.0 release onwards, certificate validation has been enforced and hostname verification is enabled by default. If you want to disable the hostname verification, open the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/deployment.toml file and add the following configuration.

host_name_verification: false


If the certificate is self-signed, import the service provider's public key to the IS client trust store to ensure that the SSL handshake in the SLO request is successful. For more information on how to do this, see Managing Keystores with the UI in the WSO2 Product Administration Guide.