OpenID Connect authentication
OpenID Connect (OIDC) is an authentication protocol that adds an identity layer to the OAuth 2.0 protocol. OIDC allows clients to verify a user’s identity based on the authentication performed by an authorization server. Using the OIDC authentication framework, end users can access multiple applications and websites using their single sign-on credentials.
This article explains how to configure OIDC for a non-embedded ThoughtSpot instance.
OIDC concepts and terms
The OIDC authentication involves several entities and concepts.
- Relying party
Refers to a client application that supports OAuth 2.0 and relies on an OpenID provider to verify the identity of a user. In this article, the relying party refers to a ThoughtSpot application instance.
- OpenID provider
The IDP that supports the OAuth2.0 and OIDC protocols. The OpenID provider is an OAuth 2.0 authorization server that authenticates and verifies a user’s identity. When a relying party sends an authentication request, the OpenID provider returns the authorization code and provides user information through identity (ID) tokens.
- End user
The application user who requests access to a resource.
In OIDC authentication, ID and access tokens are used to verify a user’s identity before providing access to an application resource.
- ID token
The ID token, also known as a JSON web token (JWT), is a security token that allows the client to verify the identity of the user. An ID token consists of claims that provide user information. The OpenID provider issues an ID token when ThoughtSpot sends the authorization code received from the OpenID authorization endpoint.
- Access token
The access token is issued when a relying party sends the authorization code received from the authorization endpoint of the OpenID provider. It allows a client application to validate claims and grant access to the resources requested by a user.
- Refresh token
A refresh token is a string that a client application can use to obtain a new access token. Refresh tokens renew user sessions with new access tokens without requiring the user to re-authenticate.
A claim provides user information, such as the first name, last name, username, and so on. Claims consist of user and authentication attributes that define the scope of a user profile, based on which ThoughtSpot can determine the access permissions for a given user.
A scope is a logical group of claims. The relying party sends the
scopeattribute in the authentication request to include claims in the ID token. For example, when ThoughtSpot sends an authentication request with the
scopeattribute set as
profile, the ID token will include the claims that constitute a user’s profile.
- Authorization endpoint
The OpenID provider endpoint that authenticates a user and grants an authorization code to the relying party.
- Token endpoint
The OpenID provider endpoint that returns an ID and access token in exchange for an authorization code. ThoughtSpot sends the authorization code obtained from the authorization server to the token endpoint to obtain an ID and access token.
- Userinfo endpoint
The OpenID provider endpoint that returns claims or user information to a client application with a valid access token.
- Issuer URL
The Issuer URL allows a client application to discover details such as the OpenID endpoints, supported scopes and claims, and public-keys used in the tokens. ThoughtSpot can retrieve these details dynamically from the issuer URL using the
- Redirect URI
The redirection URI is a callback endpoint to which the OpenID provider must send the authentication response.
OIDC configuration steps
ThoughtSpot supports the
Authorization code flow in which an authorization server at the OpenID provider’s end verifies the identity of a ThoughtSpot user and grants authorization code and tokens. This method of authentication and authorization requires ThoughtSpot to obtain the authorization code as well as ID and access tokens, and validate these tokens before granting access to its resource.
The OIDC configuration procedure includes the following steps:
Register your ThoughtSpot instance and the redirect URI in the OpenID provider
Enable OIDC authentication support on ThoughtSpot (Requires assistance from ThoughtSpot Support)
Register ThoughtSpot and set the redirect URI
To register ThoughtSpot as a client in the OpenID provider server:
Log in to your OpenID provider.
Register your ThoughtSpot instance as a relying party.
Specify the redirect URI to which the OpenID authorization server must send the response.
Define the client authentication method.
ThoughtSpot supports only the
client_secret_postauthentication method. It sends client credentials in the request body in its
POSTrequests to the authorization and token endpoints.
After you register ThoughtSpot as a relying party and set the redirect URI, the OpenID provider provides the following information, which you need to send to ThoughtSpot Support later:
The OpenID provider URL from which ThoughtSpot can discover the OpenID provider metadata, such as the authorization, token, user information, and public-keys endpoints, and supported scope and claims.
The registered redirect URI to which the authorization response will be sent.
Enable OIDC authentication support on ThoughtSpot
|You must contact ThoughtSpot Support to enable OIDC authentication support on ThoughtSpot.|
To configure ThoughtSpot for OpenID Connect authentication, the following attributes and metadata are required. You must send this information to ThoughtSpot Support.
Client ID and client secret
The OpenID provider generates a
client_secretafter you successfully register ThoughtSpot as a relying party. The
client_secretare required parameters in the
POSTrequests sent by ThoughtSpot to the authorization and token endpoints.
Authorization, token, and user information endpoints
For the user authentication process, ThoughtSpot requires the URIs of the authorization, token, and user information endpoints. ThoughtSpot can retrieve this information dynamically from the issuer URL using the
/.well-known/openid-configurationendpoint. You can obtain the issuer URL after registering ThoughtSpot as a client in the OpenID provider system.
You can obtain the scope that your OpenID provider supports from the OpenID provider metadata.
The following scopes are mandatory for OIDC configuration on ThoughtSpot. ThoughtSpot sends the
scopeattributes in the
GETrequest to the OpenID authorization endpoint.
All OpenID Connect requests must contain the
profilescope value is present, the ID token will include the user’s default profile claims.
Claims that your OpenID provider uses. During ID token validation, ThoughtSpot verifies the tokens for the following claims:
The issuer ID of the OpenID provider.
Audience or the intended recipient. This claim must contain the client ID issued for ThoughtSpot by the OpenID provider.
The expiration time for validating the token.
To update the user profile on the ThoughtSpot cluster, the ID token claims must include the following properties:
Preferred username of the user. It maps to the
usernameattribute in the user profile on ThoughtSpot. To include this claim in the ID token, the
scopeattribute must be set to
profilein the authentication request sent to the authorization endpoint.
The display name of the user. It maps to the
displaynameattribute in the user profile on ThoughtSpot. The default value is derived from the
Email address of the user. It maps to the
scopeattribute must be set to
The unique ID issued for the user at the OpenID provider. Maps to
oktauseridattribute on ThoughtSpot.
OIDC authentication workflow
The following figure illustrates the OIDC authentication workflow:
The OIDC authentication workflow involves the following steps:
A user requests access to ThoughtSpot.
ThoughtSpot checks for an existing user session in the browser.
If there is no session, it redirects the user to the OpenID authorization endpoint.
The OpenID authorization server returns an authorization code.
ThoughtSpot sends the authorization code with the ThoughtSpot client credentials in a
POSTrequest to the OpenID token endpoint.
The token endpoint returns an ID and access token in exchange for the authorization code.
ThoughtSPot validates the ID token and authenticates the user.
If the authentication is successful, the web browser redirects the user to the requested page.