How to test SAML as a developer without a server
https://fujifish.github.io/samling/samling.html (https://github.com/fujifish/samling) is a great resource for being able to tinker with the SAML options within Synapse without needing to deploy and configure a complicated software stack.
To make Synapse (and therefore Element) use it:
- Use the samling.html URL above or deploy your own and visit the IdP Metadata tab.
- Copy the XML to your clipboard.
- On your Synapse server, create a new file
samling.xmlnext to your
homeserver.yamlwith the XML from step 2 as the contents.
- Edit your
saml2_config: sp_config: allow_unknown_attributes: true # Works around a bug with AVA Hashes: https://github.com/IdentityPython/pysaml2/issues/388 metadata: local: ["samling.xml"]
- Ensure that your
homeserver.yamlhas a setting for
apt-get install xmlsec1and
pip install --upgrade --force 'pysaml2>=4.5.0'to ensure the dependencies are installed and ready to go.
- Restart Synapse.
Then in Element:
- Visit the login page and point Element towards your homeserver using the
- Click the Single Sign-On button.
- On the samling page, enter a Name Identifier and add a SAML Attribute for
uid=your_localpart. The response must also be signed.
- Click "Next".
- Click "Post Response" (change nothing).
- You should be logged in.
If you try and repeat this process, you may be automatically logged in using the information you
gave previously. To fix this, open your developer console (
Ctrl+Shift+I) while on the
samling page and clear the site data. In Chrome, this will be a button on the Application tab.