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Purpose

The following guide describes some processes that can be used to troubleshoot SAML 2.0 related configurations with Atlassian applications from your browser. These are useful when integrating SAML with your application and can help you pinpoint any misconfigurations on the IdP side. Note that the data provided in the examples will differ from your settings, so keep in mind this is for information purposes only.

Firefox

Manual Approach: 

  1. Open the developer console. You can generally do this by going to the Firefox settings and clicking on "Developer"

  2. Click on "Network"
  3. In the upper right of the developer tools window, click Toolbox Options (the small gear icon). Under Common Preferences, select Enable persistent logs.

  4. Go back to the Network tab.

  5. Reproduce the SAML issue.

  6. Look for a POST method with a saml consumer file in the table. 

  7. Select that row. 

  8. Review the data in the Headers, Cookies and Params tabs to make sure the calls are being directed properly.

Tool:

  1. Download the tool SAML Tracer for Firefox.

  2. Open the tool and reproduce the SAML issue.
  3. The tool will highlight all SAML calls for you, so that you can easily select the calls:



  4. Select the GET call and click on SAML to get the request the application is sending over to the IdP. This is useful for validating that the "Assertion Consumer Service URL" and "Identity provider single sign-on URL" values match the AssertionConsumerServiceURL and Destination values, respectively, and are being routed properly.

    <samlp:AuthnRequest xmlns:samlp="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protocol"
                        xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion"
                        ID="ONELOGIN_31984fcf-88f9-43d6-9124-276096eec5cf"
                        Version="2.0"
                        IssueInstant="2017-01-27T16:56:09Z"
                        Destination="https://dev-486166.oktapreview.com/app/jeancodev486166_jiradc_1/exk9awjfupbFE8VQp0h7/sso/saml"
                        ProtocolBinding="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST"
                        AssertionConsumerServiceURL="https://jira.example.com/jira/plugins/servlet/samlconsumer"
                        >
        <saml:Issuer>https://jira.example.com/jira</saml:Issuer>
    </samlp:AuthnRequest>
    


  5. Select the POST call and click on SAML. This is useful to confirm that the:
    -X509 certificate is correct
    -Conditions such as AudienceRestrictions are not preventing SSO/SAML from working. Audience restrictions are validity conditions for an assertion, so it's possible that it may cause sign-in issues.

Chrome

Manual Approach: 

  1. Open the developer tools. You can generally do this by going to the Chrome settings and clicking on More Tools --> Developer Tools.

  2. Select the Network tab, and then select Preserve log.

  3. Reproduce the SAML issue.

  4. Look for a SAML Post with a samlconsumer call in the developer console pane. 

  5. Select that row, and then view the Headers tab at the bottom.

Tool: 

  1. Download the tool SAML Chrome Panel Tool for Chrome. This will add a SAML option to the developer tools in Chrome.

  2. Open the tool and reproduce the SAML issue.
  3. This will automatically intercept the SAML GET and POST commands for you



  4. Select the GET call and click on SAML to get the request the application is sending over to the IdP. This is useful for validating that the "Assertion Consumer Service URL" and "Identity provider single sign-on URL" values match the AssertionConsumerServiceURL and Destination values, respectively, and are being routed properly

    <samlp:AuthnRequest
        AssertionConsumerServiceURL="https://jira.example.com/jira/plugins/servlet/samlconsumer"
        Destination="https://dev-486166.oktapreview.com/app/jeancodev486166_jiradc_1/exk9awjfupbFE8VQp0h7/sso/saml"
        ID="ONELOGIN_2f01b3cb-fb02-424a-8c3a-0d9a622e5641" IssueInstant="2017-01-27T17:26:09Z"
        ProtocolBinding="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:bindings:HTTP-POST" Version="2.0"
        xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion"
        xmlns:samlp="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protocol">
        <saml:Issuer>https://jira.example.com/jira</saml:Issuer>
    </samlp:AuthnRequest>
    



Select the POST call and click on SAML. This is useful to confirm that the:


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Safari

Manual Approach: 

  1. Enable Web Inspector in Safari. Open the Preferences window, select the Advanced tab, and then select Show Develop menu in the menu bar.

  2. Now you can open Web Inspector. Click Develop, then select Show Web Inspector.

  3. Select the Resources tab.

  4. Reproduce the issue.

  5. Look for the SAML requests

  6. Look for a SAML Post with a samlconsumer call in the developer console pane. 

Mappings to note:

The following mappings can help in troubleshooting issues that may be caused by misconfigurations, proxies, network:

- SAML issuer from the POST command needs to match the Single-Sign-on Issuer URL configured in the Atlassian application:

Example: 
<saml2:Issuer
Format="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:entity"
xmlns:saml2="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion">http://www.okta.com/exk9awjfupbFE8VQp0h7
</saml2:Issuer>


-
 Destination URL from the GET command needs to match the Identity Provider SingleSign-on URL configured in the application. The Destination URL from the POST command needs to match the Assertion Consumer Service URL configured in the Atlassian application.

GET:
Destination="https://dev-486166.oktapreview.com/app/jeancodev486166_jiradc_1/exk9awjfupbFE8VQp0h7/sso/saml
 
POST:
Destination="https://jira.example.com/jira/plugins/servlet/samlconsumer"


-The X509 certificate needs to match between the POST command and the one configured in the Atlassian application

DescriptionThe following guide describes some processes that can be used to troubleshoot SAML 2.0 related configurations with Atlassian applications from your browser. These are useful when integrating SAML with your application and can help you pinpoint any misconfigurations on the IdP side. Note that the data provided in the examples will differ from your settings, so keep in mind this is for information purposes only.
ProductJira, Confluence
PlatformData Center
Last modified on May 5, 2021

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