Defining issuance criteria for Attribute Query - PingFederate - 11.1

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PingFederate 11.1

Use the Issuance Criteria tab to define issuance criteria for the service provider (SP) Attribute Query profile.

On the Issuance Criteria tab, define the criteria to satisfy for PingFederate to further process a request. Use this token authorization feature to conditionally approve or reject requests based on individual attributes.

Begin this optional configuration by choosing the source that contains the attribute to verify. Some sources are common to almost all use cases, such as Mapped Attributes. Other sources depend on the type of configuration, such as JDBC. Irrelevant sources are automatically hidden. After you select a source, choose the attribute to verify. Depending on the selected source, the available attributes or properties vary. Specify the comparison condition and the desired value to compare to.

You can define multiple criteria, which must all be satisfiedfor PingFederate to move a request to the next phase. A criterion is satisfied when the runtime value of the selected attribute matches or does not match the specified value, depending on the chosen comparison method. The multi-value contains ... or multi-value does not contain ... comparison methods are intended for attributes that can contain multiple values. Such a criterion is considered satisfied if one of the multiple values match or does not match the specified value. Values are compared verbatim. If you require complex evaluations, including conditional criteria or partial matching, define them using attribute mapping expressions.


All criteria defined must be satisfied or evaluated as true for a request to move forward, regardless of how the criteria were defined. As soon as one criterion fails, PingFederate rejects the request and returns an error message.

  1. In the Source list, select the attribute's source.

    Depending on the selection, the Attribute Name list populates with associated attributes. See the following table for more information.

    Context Select to evaluate properties returned from the context of the transaction at runtime.

    As the HTTP Request context value is retrieved as a Java object rather than text, attribute mapping expressions are more appropriate to evaluate and return values.

    JDBC, LDAP, or other types of datastore Select to evaluate attributes returned from a datastore, if configured.
    Mapped Attributes Select to evaluate the mapped attributes.
  2. In the Attribute Name list, select the attribute to be evaluated.
  3. In the Condition list, select the comparison method.

    Available methods:

    • equal to
    • equal to (case insensitive)
    • equal to DN
    • not equal to
    • not equal to (case insensitive)
    • not equal to DN
    • multi-value contains
    • multi-value contains (case insensitive)
    • multi-value contains DN
    • multi-value does not contain
    • multi-value does not contain (case insensitive)
    • multi-value does not contain DN

    The first six conditions are intended for single-value attributes. Use one of the multi-value ... conditions for PingFederate to validate whether one of the attribute values matches the specified value. When an attribute has multiple values, using a single-value condition causes the criteria to fail.

  4. In the Value field, enter the comparison value.

    Values are compared verbatim. If you require complex evaluations, including conditional criteria or partial matching, define them using attribute mapping expressions. For more information, see Attribute mapping expressions.

  5. In the Error Result field, enter a custom error message.

    The Error Result field is used by the StatusMessage element in the SAML response to the SP.

    Using an error code in the Error Result field allows an application to process the code in a variety of ways; for example, display an error message or e-mail an administrator.

    To use localized descriptions, enter a unique alias in the Error Result field, such as someIssuanceCriterionFailed. Insert the same alias with the desired localized text in the applicable language resource files, located in the <pf_install>/pingfederate/server/default/conf/language-packs directory.

    If not defined, PingFederate returns ACCESS_DENIED when the criterion fails at runtime.

  6. Click Add.
  7. Optional: Repeat to add more criteria.
  8. If you require complex evaluations, including conditional criteria or partial matching, define them using attribute mapping expressions

    . For more information, see Attribute mapping expressions.

    1. Click Show Advanced Criteria.
    2. In the Expression field, enter the required expressions.
    3. Optional: In the Error Result field, enter an error code or message.

      If the expressions resolve to a string value instead of true or false, the returned value overrides the Error Result field value.

    4. Click Add.
    5. Optional: Click Test, enter values in the applicable fields, and verify the results.
    6. Optional: Repeat to add multiple criteria using attribute mapping expressions.