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AWS Single Sign-On SSO


AWS SSO is a cloud based Single Sign-On (SSO) solution which provides secure access to Amazon web services and full access to multiple cloud Applications with one set of login credentials. Specifically, it helps you manage SSO access and user permissions across all your AWS accounts as well as custom applications that support Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0. AWS SSO integration by miniOrange provides a special-case where users can find access to all their assigned AWS accounts, cloud applications, and custom applications in one place.

miniOrange and AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) integration supports the following features:


  • SP Initiated Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • IdP Initiated Single Sign-On (SSO)

Connect with External Source of Users


miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Shibboleth, Ping, Okta, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more.



Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below for AWS Single Sign-On (SSO)

1. Configure Amazon Web Services(AWS) in miniOrange

  • Login into miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Go to Apps and click on Add Applicaton button.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) add app

  • In Choose Application Type click on Create App button in SAML/WS-FED application type.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) choose app type

  • Search for Amazon Web Services(AWS) in the list, if you don't find Amazon Web Services(AWS) in the list then, search for custom and you can set up your application via Custom SAML App.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) manage apps

  • Get the SP Entity ID or Issuer from the metadata (https://signin.aws.amazon.com/static/saml-metadata.xml). You will find the value in the first line against entityID. It is set to urn:amazon:webservices but may vary for non-US regions.
  • Make sure the ACS URL is: https://signin.aws.amazon.com/saml . This might vary for non-US regions in which case you would find it in metadata ( https://signin.aws.amazon.com/static/saml-metadata.xml) as Location attribute of AssertionConsumerService.
  • Click on Show Advanced Settings. Against Relay State select Custom Attribute Value & enter https://console.aws.amazon.com.
  • Enable Override RelayState.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Single Sign-On configuration steps

  • You can set another value for relay state depending on where you want to redirect user after SSO.
  • Go to the Add Policy and select DEFAULT from the Group Name dropdown.
  • Now enter the AWS in the Policy Name field.
  • Select PASSWORD from the First Factor Type dropdown.
  • Click on Save button to configure AWS.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO add policy

  • Click on Save to configure AWS.
  • Once the App is added, click on the Metadata link, download metadata file and keep with you which you will require later.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO click metadata link

  • Keep SAML Login URL , SAML Logout URL and click on the Download Certificate button which you will required for further.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO configuration metadata details


2. Configure SSO in Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Login to your Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consoleas an admin.
  • Click on Services Tab. Under Security, Identity & Compliances click on IAM (Identity and Access Management).
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO select IAM

  • From the left-hand side list, click on Identity Providers and then click on Create Provider button in the right section.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO click on create provider

3. Configure Provider in Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • In the Configure Provider, select SAML as Provider type from the drop-down list.
  • Enter any Provider Name (e.g miniOrange.
  • Click on Choose File button and choose a metadata file that you have already downloaded in Step 1, then click on Next Step.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)SSO configure provider

  • In the next screen, you will be shown your entered provider information. Verify it and click on the Create button. The SAML Provider is created and it should be listed in the Provider table.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO SAML provider created

  • Now click on Roles from the left-hand side list and then click on Create role button.
  • In the Create Role section, click on SAML 2.0 federation tab.
  • Under Choose SAML 2.0 Provider, select the SAML Provider that you have created previously i.e miniOrange.
  • SSO for AWS choose your saml provider

  • After that, choose Allow programmatic access only radio option.
  • Select SAML:aud option from the Attribute drop-down list.
  • Enter the value as https://signin.aws.amazon.com/saml.
  • Then, click on Next: Permissions button.
  • Check the Policy Name AmazonEC2ReadOnlyAccess and click on Next: Tags button.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO check policy name

  • Then, skip Step Add Tags (Optional) by clicking on Next:Preview button.
  • In the next step, enter Role name and click on Create Role button.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO create role

  • Click on your created role name.
  • In the Summary section, click on the Trusted relationship tab and copy Role ARN and Trusted Entities value.
  • Keep the values with you in comma separated format. For example- [arn:aws:iam::656620318436:role/SSORole,arn:aws:iam::656620318436:saml-provider/miniOrange]
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO comma separated format role settings

4. Add attributes for AWS

  • Login to the miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Then, Navigate to Apps >> Manage Apps.
  • Configure the application that you have added.
  • Scroll down to the Attributes section, enter the value https://aws.amazon.com/SAML/Attributes/RoleSessionName in the Attribute Name field and select E-Mail Address from the Attribute Value list.
  • Click on the '+' icon besides Add Attributes to add another set of attributes and enter the value https://aws.amazon.com/SAML/Attributes/Role in the Attribute Name field, select Custom Attribute Value from the Attribute Value list and in the Custom Attribute Value, enter comma separated value that created in step 3 e.g. [arn:aws:iam::656620318436:role/SSORole,arn:aws:iam::656620318436:saml-provider/miniOrange].
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO add attributes

  • If you have configured more than one role, you can enter additional attributes for them.

5. Test SSO Configuration

Test SSO login to your Amazon Web Services(AWS) account with miniOrange IdP:

    Using SP Initiated Login

    • Go to your Amazon Web Services(AWS) URL, here you will be either asked to enter the username or click on the SSO link which will redirect you to miniOrange IdP Sign On Page.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) login

    • Enter your miniOrange login credential and click on Login. You will be automatically logged in to your Amazon Web Services(AWS) account.

    Using IDP Initiated Login

    • Login to miniOrange IdP using your credentials.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) login

    • On the Dashboard, click on Amazon Web Services(AWS) application which you have added, to verify SSO configuration.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) verify configuration


    Not able to configure or test SSO?


    Contact us or email us at idpsupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you setting it up in no time.




6. Configure Your User Directory (Optional)

miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Okta, Shibboleth, Ping, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more. You can configure your existing directory/user store or add users in miniOrange.



  • To add your users in miniOrange there are 2 ways:
  • 1. Create User in miniOrange

    • Click on Users >> Add User.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) VPN 2FA : Add user in miniOrange

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA: Add user details

    • After successful user creation a notification message "An end user is added successfully" will be displayed at the top of the dashboard.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Two-Factor Authentication: Add user details

    • Click on On Boarding Status tab. Check the email, with the registered e-mail id and select action Send Activation Mail with Password Reset Link from Select Action dropdown list and then click on Apply button.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA: Select email action

    • Now, Open your email id. Open the mail you get from miniOrange and then click on the link to set your account password.
    • On the next screen, enter the password and confirm password and then click on the Single Sign-On (SSO) reset password button.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Multi-Factor Authentication: Reset user password
    • Now, you can log in into miniOrange account by entering your credentials.

    2. Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.

    • Navigate to Users >> User List. Click on Add User button.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA: Add users via bulk upload

    • In Bulk User Registration Download sample csv format from our console and edit this csv file according to the instructions.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Two-Factor authentication: Download sample csv file

    • To bulk upload users, choose the file make sure it is in comma separated .csv file format then click on Upload.
    • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA : Bulk upload user

    • After uploading the csv file successfully, you will see a success message with a link.
    • Click on that link you will see list of users to send activation mail. Select users to send activation mail and click on Send Activation Mail. An activation mail will be sent to the selected users.
  • On miniOrange dashboard left side menu, click on User Stores >> Add User Store.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA: Configure User Store

  • Select User Store type as AD/LDAP.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA: Select AD/LDAP as user store

    1. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION IN MINIORANGE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in miniOrange. If active directory is behind a firewall, you will need to open the firewall to allow incoming requests to your AD.
    2. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION ON PREMISE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in your premise and only allow access to AD inside premises. You will have to download and install miniOrange gateway in your premise.
    3. Amazon Web Services(AWS) Two-Factor Authentication : Select ad/ldap user store type

  • Enter LDAP Display Name and LDAP Identifier name.
  • Select Directory Type as Active Directory.
  • Enter the LDAP Server URL or IP Address against LDAP Server URL field.
  • Click on Test Connection button to verify if you have made a successful connection with your LDAP server.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA/2FA: Configure LDAP server URL Connection

  • In Active Directory, go to the properties of user containers/OU's and search for Distinguished Name attribute.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA: Configure user bind account domain name

  • Enter the valid Bind account Password.
  • Click on Test Bind Account Credentials button to verify your LDAP Bind credentials for LDAP connection.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA: Check bind account credentials

  • Search Base is the location in the directory where the search for a user begins. You will get this from the same place you got your Distinguished name.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA : Configure user search base

  • Select a suitable Search filter from the drop down menu. To use custom Search Filter select "Custom Search Filter" option and customize it accordingly.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA/2FA : Select user search filter

  • You can also configure following options while setting up AD. Enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP. Click on the Save button to add user store.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA : Activate LDAP options

    Here's the list of the attributes and what it does when we enable it. You can enable/disable accordingly.

    Attribute Description
    Activate LDAP All user authentications will be done with LDAP credentials if you Activate it
    Sync users in miniOrange Users will be created in miniOrange after authentication with LDAP
    Backup Authentication If LDAP credentials fail then user will be authenticated through miniOrange
    Allow users to change password This allows your users to change their password. It updates the new credentials in your LDAP server
    Enable administrator login On enabling this, your miniOrange Administrator login authenticates using your LDAP server
    Show IdP to users If you enable this option, this IdP will be visible to users
    Send Configured Attributes If you enable this option, then only the attributes configured below will be sent in attributes at the time of login

  • Click on Save. After this, it will show you the list of User stores. Click on Test Configuration to check whether you have enter valid details. For that, it will ask for username and password.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) 2FA: Test AD/Ldap connection

  • On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
  • Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) LDAP successful connection

  • Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) MFA: Fetch mapped attributes for user

  • After successful Attribute Mapping Configuration, go back to the ldap configuration and enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP.
  • Refer our guide to setup LDAPS on windows server.

    User Import and Provisioning from AD

  • Go to Settings in the Customer Admin Account.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   miniOrange dashboard

  • Enable the "Enable User Auto Registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   Enable User Auto Registration

  • (Optional) To send a welcome email to all the end users that will be imported, enable the "Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration

  • From the Left-Side menu of the dashboard select Provisioning.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync/Provisioning

  • In Setup Provisioning tab select Active Directory in the Select Application Drop Down.
  • Toggle the Import Users tab, click on Save button.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync Active Directory Configuration

  • On the same section, switch to Import Users section.
  • Select Active Directory from the dropdown and click on the Import Users tab, to import all the users from Active Directory to miniOrange.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User Sync Import Operation

  • You can view all the Users you have imports by selecting Users >> User List from Left Panel.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for   User List

  • All the imported users will be auto registered.
  • These groups will be helpful in adding multiple 2FA policies on the applications.

miniOrange integrates with various external user sources such as directories, identity providers, and etc.

Not able to find your IdP or Need help setting it up?


Contact us or email us at idpsupport@xecurify.com and we'll help you setting it up in no time.



7. Adaptive Authentication with Amazon Web Services(AWS)

A. Restricting access to Amazon Web Services(AWS) with IP Blocking

    You can use adaptive authentication with Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) to improve the security and functionality of Single Sign-On. You can allow a IP Address in certain range for SSO or you can deny it based your requirements and you can also challenge the user to verify his authenticity. Adaptive authentication manages the user authentication bases on different factors such as Device ID, Location, Time of Access, IP Address and many more.

    You can configure Adaptive Authentication with IP Blocking in following way:
  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authnetication policy

  • Select your Action for behaviour Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behaviour Change Section.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behaviour change


    Action for behaviour Change Options :


    Attribute Description
    Allow Allow user to authenticate and use services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.
    Challenge Challenge users with one of the three methods mentioned below for verifying user authenticity.
    Deny Deny user authentications and access to services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.

    Challenge Type Options :

    Attribute Description
    User second Factor The User needs to authenticate using the second factor he has opted or assigned for such as
  • OTP over SMS
  • PUSH Notification
  • OTP over Email
  • And 12 more methods.
  • KBA (Knowledge-based authentication) The System will ask user for 2 of 3 questions he has configured in his Self Service Console. Only after right answer to both questions user is allowed to proceed further.
    OTP over Alternate Email User will receive a OTP on the alternate email he has configured threw Self Service Conolse. Once user provides the correct OTP he is allowed to proceed further.

  • Now Enable Enable IP Restriction option from the IP RESTRICTION CONFIGURATION section to configure custom IP range.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication ip blocking

  • Select the Action you want to perform if the IP address is out of the range. i.e. Allow, Challenge & Deny.
  • Specify the IP Address range for which you want above setting to reflect. You can add more than one IP Address ranges by clicking on following button +.
  • Scroll to the end and click on save.


B. Adaptive Authentication with Limiting number of devices.

    Using Adaptive Authentication you can also restrict the number of devices the end user can access the Services on. You can allow end users to access services on a fixed no. of devices. The end users will be able to access services provided by us on this fixed no. of devices.

    You can configure Adaptive Authentication with Device Restriction in following way

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • Select your Action for behaviour Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behaviour Change Section.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behaviour and challenge type


  • Scroll down to Device Configuration section and enable Allow User to Register Device option to allow users to register their devices.
  • Enter the Number of Devices which are allowed to register in field next to Number of Device Registrations Allowed
  • Choose Action if number of devices exceeded (This will override your setting for Action for Behaviour Change.)
    1. Challenge: The user needs to verify himself using any of the three methods mentioned in table in step 7.1
    2. Deny : Deny users access to the system
  • Enable option Send email alerts to Users if number of Device registrations exceeded allowed count if you want to alert the user about no of devices exceeding the limit. Save the configuration.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication enable device restriction


C. Add Adaptive Authentication policy to Amazon Web Services(AWS).

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Policies.
  • Click on Edit option for predefined SAML app policy.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (sso) edit device restriction policy

  • Set your application name in the Application and select password as Login Method.
  • Enable Adaptive Authentication on Policy page and select the required restriction method as an option.
  • From Select Login Policy dropdown select the policy we created in last step and click on save.
  • Amazon Web Services(AWS) Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access save device restriction policy

    How to add a trusted Device
    1. When End-user log in to the self service console after the policy for device restriction is on, he is provided the option to add the current device as a trusted device.

Troubleshooting Common errors:

1. BAD REQUEST (Status Code: 400):

  • Login to miniorange Admin dashboard
  • Edit your AWS APP
  • Expand the Advanced Settings section and check if Relay State saved in the miniorange app is a valid URL.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) SSO Troubleshoot errors

2. Troubleshoot other common errors HERE

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