Okta Authentication

Cloudify enables integration with your local Okta system to authenticate users and provide Role-Based Access Control. This guide describes the configuration steps required to enable Okta authentication.

Other SAML 2.0 authentication solutions can be integrated with Cloudify. However, only Okta is tested and officially supported.

openssl version

To enable Okta integration, the openssl package on Cloudify Manager needs to be of version 1.0.2. If you are running a Cloudify image this is already the case, however if you are installing Cloudify make sure to update the openssl package prior to the Okta configuration.

Part 1: Configuring Okta

To configure Okta authentication in Cloudify, first add Cloudify as an application in your Okta system.

Okta Configuration Prerequisites

You’ll need Okta administrator privileges and your Cloudify IP address/URL (or load balancer IP address/URL for Cloudify HA cluster configuration).

Adding Cloudify as an Okta Application

  1. Open the Okta Admin dashboard
  2. From the top menu, choose Applications > Applications > Create App Integration
  3. In the Create a new app integration form, choose SAML 2.0 as sign-in method
  4. In the General Settings step, configure the application name, such as Cloudify Dev and add the logo.
  5. In the Configure SAML step, configure the following in the SAML Settings section:

    • In General subsection:

    • In Attribute Statements subsection add the following:

      • Name - firstname, Name Format - unspecified, Value - user.firstName
      • Name - lastname, Name Format - unspecified, Value - user.lastName
      • Name - email, Name Format - unspecified, Value - user.email
      • Name - username, Name Format - unspecified, Value - user.login
    • In Groups Attribute Statements subsection add all relevant user groups, or generally use:

      • Name - groups, Name Format - unspecified, Filter - Regex, Value - .*
  6. In the Feedback step, define Cloudify as an internal app

  7. Once a new Cloudify integration is created, you need to create at least one group in Directory > Groups section and assign relevant users to it.

Additional Configuration

Part 2: Configuring Cloudify

To complete the Okta authentication configuration, Okta needs to be configured in the Cloudify Manager.

Cloudify Prerequisites

You’ll need the following:

Adding Okta Authentication in Cloudify

SSH into the Cloudify Manager VM and follow these steps:

  1. Add the Okta certificate for Cloudify (provided by your Okta admin, see above). Save the certificate as okta_certificate.pem in /etc/cloudify/ssl/
  2. Restart Cloudify REST service using the following command:

    sudo supervisorctl restart cloudify-restservice
  3. Configure the Cloudify Management Console to use Okta with the following steps:

    • Open the file /opt/cloudify-stage/conf/config.json for editting

    • Under saml section change the values as follows:

      • enabled: true (enabling SAML mode)
      • certPath: “/etc/cloudify/ssl/okta_certificate.pem” (SAML certificate path which is used by the Cloudify Manager and Cloudify Management Console)
      • ssoUrl: <okta_sso_url> (redirect url to the application, Identity Provider Single Sign-On URL which can be found under Setup Instructions section of the newly created Cloudify app in Okta)
      • portalUrl: <organization_okta_portal_url> (redirect url to the organization portal: https://my-org.okta.com)
    • Restart the Cloudify Management Console service using the following command:

      sudo supervisorctl restart cloudify-stage
  4. Create new user-groups in Cloudify, matching the user groups in Okta (must be exactly the same names) using the following command for each group:

    cfy user-group create <user_group_name> -r <security-role>
  5. Assign the user-groups to tenants using the following command:

    cfy tenants add-user-group <user_group_name> -r <role> -t <tenant_name>

Adding Okta Authentication in Cloudify HA Configuration