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  • Claims based auth with non sitefinity Security Token Service
  • Can anyone help me please.

    I have a simple security token issuer (the project template from Microsoft ASPNetSTSWebApp) I have websites that successfully use this for their authentication. (For reference I have added the config from the working ASP.Net web App as I can't upload the whole solution)

    I am trying to now get a brand new Sitefinity site to use this as its  issuer. I have added a secure page (requires Administrator role) and have added a new user SFUser and added them to the administrators role (and backend user).

    I have altered the SF site web.config to try and make it similar to my working example and I get a redirection to my to my STS but it has dropped the necessary action parameters. I have tried altering the advanced settings too, but am not totally clear I have done this bit correctly. I (and I am sure lot's of others) could really use some kind of walkthrough on getting this last bit working. The documentation doesn't really help me ( ) this tells you how to do it with another sitefinity sight, but I have not had success with my external STS.

    Has anyone had success integrating with an external claims issuer?
  • OK so I have been pointed at this document which I had seen and tried on my own STS site with no success, I am falling down at the second hurdle trying to do it with Teleriks example STS:

    "Extract the files from to the created folder. contains the SitefinityStsWebApp web application that you can use for the STS site and is located in your Sitefinity account."

    Where can I download I have download the 991 MB SDK spent ages installing it - and cannot find it. Neither Google or Teleriks search shows where it is and I cannot find it as a standalone download in my account area?

    Can anyone help please?
  • For anyone who might run into the same issues

    To get the go to Your Account -> Download and Manage your products -> Download Installer And Other Resources (for Sitefinity) -> Browse all product files. There is a list of downloadable items: the msi installer, the project manager and at the bottom -

    As for the issue I am having

    "Sitefinity does not implement the WS protocol and wa=wsignin1.0 is not passed. Every request to the STS is to be treated as a Sign In request except when sign_out=true is set."

    Hopefully that should be enough to get me going, and hopefully it'll save others some time.
  • Also note when adding the user to your sitefintiy site in this example do not specify a domain:
    My windows authentication identity in STS site was domain\\username

    In sitefinity
    This worked:    username    (no domain)
    These did not
  • Once you got it working were you still able to publish pages?  I get errors on publish like I have posted here:
  • I have now got an STS working that uses our existing forms Db I thought I'd share in case it saved others some time (If you notice any errors please let me know and I'll edit the post - I am doing this from memory and have played with sitefinity alot to get it working so can't rule out getting confused).

    My requirements are:

    Use existing forms based database
    Use Custom role provider as we already have mechanisms in place to manage roles
    Only Sign in once to have filtered content in Sitefnity, but to also use our backend websites.

    All websites have been done in IIS7.5 on Windows 7(64bit) using Sitefnity 5.0.2860.0 .

    I have downloaded the example Sts website and created a website for it (
    I have created a Sitefnity  website (

    1. Modify the Sts website so that the authentication is forms based and uses our existing db.

        I amended the SimpleWebTokenHandler.cs slightly 

    //var winPrincipal = context.User as WindowsPrincipal; 
    //if (winPrincipal == null || !winPrincipal.Identity.IsAuthenticated) 
    //    throw new ConfigurationException("This web site is not correctly configured for Windows authentication."); 
    //var principal = ClaimsPrincipal.CreateFromPrincipal(winPrincipal); 
    var principal = ClaimsPrincipal.CreateFromPrincipal(context.User); 

    2. In Sitefinity modify the security.config

                <add key="SOMEKEY" encoding="Hexadecimal" membershipProvider="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" realm="http://localhost" />
                <add key="SOMEKEY" encoding="Hexadecimal" membershipProvider="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" realm="" />
                <add key="SOMEKEY" encoding="Hexadecimal" membershipProvider="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" realm="" />
            <add key="SOMEKEY" encoding="Hexadecimal" realm="http://localhost" />
            <add key="SOMEKEY" encoding="Hexadecimal" realm="http://SFPoc.Company.local" />

    Add this within the root node:

            <add type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider" enabled="True" name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" />

    If you wish to use custom roles from this example you will need to add this too (in the root node):

        <add type="SitefinityWebApp.CompanyRoleDataProvider" enabled="True" name="CompanyRoleDataProvider" />

    3. In Sitefinity modify the web.config

       <add name="ApplicationServices" connectionString="your connection string"/>
       <!--<membership defaultProvider="Default">-->
       <membership defaultProvider="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider">
            <add name="Default" type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Data.SitefinityMembershipProvider, Telerik.Sitefinity"/>
            <add name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices" enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false" requiresUniqueEmail="true" maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="5" minRequiredPasswordLength="6" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="0" passwordAttemptWindow="10" applicationName="/"/>

    and edit the microsoft.identitymodel area to point at your Sts

          <claimsAuthenticationManager type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Claims.SFClaimsAuthenticationManager, Telerik.Sitefinity"/>
            <add type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Claims.SWT.SWTSecurityTokenHandler, Telerik.Sitefinity"/>
          <audienceUris mode="Never"/>
            <wsFederation passiveRedirectEnabled="true" issuer="" realm="" requireHttps="false"/>
            <cookieHandler requireSsl="false"/>
          <issuerNameRegistry type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Claims.CustomIssuerNameRegistry, Telerik.Sitefinity">
          <issuerTokenResolver type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Claims.SWT.WrapIssuerTokenResolver, Telerik.Sitefinity"/>

    I believe that was all that was needed to implement a forms based STS, you can use your power user and grant the forms users roles there is another tab in the user screen with the name AspNetSqlMembershipProvider this contains your membership users.

    If you wish to implement the custom role provider, there were various properties that needed setting before it would work, the posts I found always seemed to have something missing, but I eventually got it working by using the code below:

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using Telerik.Sitefinity.Model;
    using Telerik.Sitefinity.Security;
    using Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Data;
    using Telerik.Sitefinity.Security.Model;
    namespace SitefinityWebApp
        public class CompanyRoleDataProvider : RoleDataProvider
            private List<Role> _roles;
            private List<UserLink> _userLinks;
            public CompanyRoleDataProvider()
                var role0 = new Role Id = Guid.Parse("C18AFA58-8F53-41EA-8F70-7F604CECF090"), Name = "testSubsrciption 0", ApplicationName = base.ApplicationName, LastModified = DateTime.MinValue;
                var role1 = new Role Id = Guid.Parse("C18AFA58-8F53-41EA-8F70-7F604CECF091"), Name = "testSubsrciption 1", ApplicationName = base.ApplicationName, LastModified = DateTime.MinValue ;
                var role2 = new Role Id = Guid.Parse("C18AFA58-8F53-41EA-8F70-7F604CECF092"), Name = "testSubsrciption 2", ApplicationName = base.ApplicationName, LastModified = DateTime.MinValue ;
                _roles = new List<Role>
                var link1 = NewUserLink(Guid.NewGuid());
                // Username is from membership database userId
                link1.UserId = Guid.Parse("B97D099D-A98F-42E6-9CB5-1300342DA23D");
                link1.Role = role0;
                var link2 = NewUserLink(Guid.NewGuid());
                // Username is from membership database userId
                link2.UserId = Guid.Parse("DB8BC7D6-3F06-4A7B-B068-558DE5E3DFE6");
                link2.Role = role1;
                _userLinks = new List<UserLink>
            public override Role CreateRole(string roleName)
                throw new NotImplementedException();
            public override Role CreateRole(Guid id, string roleName)
                throw new NotImplementedException();
            public override Role GetRole(Guid id)
                return _roles.Where(items => items.Id == id).FirstOrDefault();
            public override IQueryable<Role> GetRoles()
                return _roles.AsQueryable();
            public override void Delete(Role item)
                throw new NotImplementedException();
            public override UserLink CreateUserLink()
                return NewUserLink();
            private UserLink NewUserLink(Guid id)
                var link = CreateUserLink();
                link.UserId = id;
                return link;
            private UserLink NewUserLink()
                var link = new UserLink ApplicationName = base.ApplicationName;
                var mi = new ManagerInfo();
                mi.ApplicationName = link.ApplicationName;
                mi.ManagerType = typeof(UserManager).FullName;
                mi.ProviderName = "AspNetSqlMembershipProvider";
                link.MembershipManagerInfo = mi;
                return link;
            public override UserLink CreateUserLink(Guid id)
                return NewUserLink(id);
            public override UserLink GetUserLink(Guid id)
                return _userLinks.Where(item => item.Id == id).FirstOrDefault();
            public override IQueryable<UserLink> GetUserLinks()
                return _userLinks.AsQueryable();
            public override void Delete(UserLink item)
                throw new NotImplementedException();


    None of this is best practice, it is a bare bones STS using an existing membership database. The role provider needs a lot more work but has allowed me to prove my point.

    Since I got this working I have merged my StstWebsite with an empty on from the Windows Identity Sts Web Application Project, so my other backend sites can use this new WS-Protocol handler for their authentication, as you have logged into the STS website it can serve either WS or SWT and only require authenticating the user once - Single Sign On!

    Hope this helps someone

    Dave Scuffle

  • I did a blog post today and which might help some of you. I intend to blog about few advance scenarios as well in coming weeks.
  • For anyone who still needs a useful non-Sitefinity STS, I've forked IdentityServer to be compatible with Sitefinity. You can check out the source on GitHub here, and my blog post about here
  • Hi David,

    How did you get this working for a non sitefinity app?


  • Hello. Has anybody tried David's steps (See below, 29 Jun 2012 Link to this post)  lately? I am trying to get my SF app to talk to an external STS (it's the SF STS web app) but I'm getting an endless redirect loop between the SF app and the STS.