Exploring the authentication API - PingFederate - 11.0

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The Authentication API Applications window includes an Authentication API Explorer that lets you view the states, actions, and models available for the various API-capable adapters and selectors included in your PingFederate environment.

  1. Enable the authentication API and Authentication API Explorer.
    1. Go to Authentication > Integration > Authentication API Applications.
    2. Select the Enable Authentication API check box.
    3. Select the Enable API Explorer check box.
  2. Configure an authentication application for the Authentication API Explorer.
    1. Go to Authentication > Integration > Authentication API Applications.
    2. Click Add Authentication Application.
    3. In the Authentication Application window, configure each field as described in the following table.
      Field Description

      Name

      A name of the authentication application, such as Authentication API Explorer.

      Description

      An optional description of the authentication application, such as Explore the authentication API!

      URL

      A combination of the PingFederate base URL and the application path /pf-ws/authn/explorer.

      For example, if the base URL is https://localhost:9031, enter: https://localhost:9031/pf-ws/authn/explorer.

      You can find your PingFederate base URL at System > Server > Protocol Settings > Federation Info.

      Additional Allowed Origins

      Any additional allowed origins. For more information, see Configuring authentication applications.

      If you are using a PingFederate base URL of https://localhost:9031 for testing purposes, you can skip this field.

    4. In the Authentication Application window, click Save.
    5. In the Authentication API Applications window, click Save.
  3. In the Authentication API Explorer, view the available states, actions, and models for any API-capable adapter or selector in your PingFederate environment:
    1. Go to the URL of the Authentication API Explorer, such as https://localhost:9031/pf-ws/authn/explorer
    2. In the Authentication Adapter/Selector list, select an authentication adapter or selector.

      The Authentication API Explorer displays a list of states. You can then inspect the following items for any given state:

      • The state purpose
      • The state data model (if any)
      • The available action of actions (if any)
      • The action data model (if any) for a given action
      • The errors (if any) for a given action

      The developers of your web applications use this information to create the desired authentication experience.

  4. Explore the authentication API through a request without an authentication policy:
    1. Configure a use case to use an instance of the HTML Form Adapter for authentication.

      For example, you can create an SP connection that uses an instance of the HTML Form Adapter for authentication. For more information, see Configuring a sample use case.

    2. Go to Authentication > Integration > Authentication API Applications.
    3. In the Default Authentication Application list, select the authentication application that represents the Authentication API Explorer. Click Save.
    4. Initiate a request supported by the use case.

      When PingFederate receives your request, it determines from your use case that it should invoke the HTML Form Adapter. Because the HTML Form Adapter is API-enabled and you have configured the Authentication API Explorer to be the default authentication application, instead of returning the Sign On page (from the HTML Form Adapter), PingFederate redirects the browser to the Authentication API Explorer with a flowid query parameter, such as https://localhost:9031/pf-ws/authn/explorer?flowId=Tt9n7.

      The Authentication API Explorer opens and pre-populates the Flow ID field with the flow ID value generated by PingFederate.

    5. In the Authentication API Explorer, click Get next to the pre-populated flow ID value.

      The Authentication API Explorer displays a JSON response as the result of the GET request. This response contains information that the web application requires to proceed further. For instance, the status parameter value indicates the current state of the request. Because the sample request invokes the HTML Form Adapter, the current state should be USERNAME_PASSWORD_REQUIRED.

      At the end of the result is a hyperlink to the current state. In this example, when you select the current state link, the Authentication API Explorer jumps to the USERNAME_PASSWORD_REQUIRED state and expands its contents for further review.

      From this point, you can review the state data model and move the request further by selecting the appropriate action and action data, if it's required.

  5. Explore the authentication API through a request with an authentication policy:
    1. Go to Authentication > Integration > Authentication API Applications.
    2. In the Default Authentication Application list, select Select.

      No application is designated as the default authentication application.

    3. Define an authentication policy to use the Authentication API Explorer:
      1. Go to Authentication > Policies > Policies, and click Add Policy.
      2. Enter a policy name and optionally a description.
      3. In the Authentication Application list, select the authentication application that represents the Authentication API Explorer.
      4. Select the HTML Form Adapter instance that has been mapped to the use case you configured in step 4a.

        For both the Fail and Success policy paths, select Done.

      5. Click Done.
      6. Select the IdP Authentication Policies check box.
      7. Click Save.
    4. Initiate a request supported by the use case you configured in step 4a.
    5. Use the Authentication API Explorer to learn more about the authentication API.
  6. Generate and configure a Postman collection JSON file.
    1. Go to the Authentication API Explorer.
    2. Click What is the PingFederate Authentication API? to expand the top panel
    3. Click the Postman Collection button.
      The Authentication API Explorer downloads the Postman collection file.
    4. Open the Postman application, and import the file.
    5. In Postman, manually configure the following:
      • The flowid collection variable. When PingFederate receives a request, it generates a flowid, such asTt9n7, and displays it in the Flow ID field on the Authentication API Explorer page.
      • The baseUrl collection variable. This is the base URL of your Authentication API Explorer, such as https://localhost:9031.
      • The PingFederate cookie.

      You must also modify the body, if one exists, to ensure that API calls work correctly.