Returns a set of temporary security credentials for users who have been authenticated
via a SAML authentication response. This operation provides a mechanism for tying an
enterprise identity store or directory to role-based Amazon Web Services access without user-specific
credentials or configuration. For a comparison of
AssumeRoleWithSAML with the
other API operations that produce temporary credentials, see Requesting Temporary Security
Credentials and Comparing the
Amazon Web Services STS API operations in the IAM User Guide.
The temporary security credentials returned by this operation consist of an access key ID, a secret access key, and a security token. Applications can use these temporary security credentials to sign calls to Amazon Web Services services.
By default, the temporary security credentials created by
AssumeRoleWithSAML last for one hour. However, you can use the optional
DurationSeconds parameter to specify the duration of your session. Your
role session lasts for the duration that you specify, or until the time specified in the
SAML authentication response's
SessionNotOnOrAfter value, whichever is
shorter. You can provide a
DurationSeconds value from 900 seconds (15 minutes)
up to the maximum session duration setting for the role. This setting can have a value from
1 hour to 12 hours. To learn how to view the maximum value for your role, see View the
Maximum Session Duration Setting for a Role in the
IAM User Guide. The maximum session duration limit applies when
you use the
AssumeRole* API operations or the
commands. However the limit does not apply when you use those operations to create a
console URL. For more information, see Using IAM Roles in the
IAM User Guide.
Role chaining limits your CLI or Amazon Web Services API role
session to a maximum of one hour. When you use the
AssumeRole API operation
to assume a role, you can specify the duration of your role session with the
DurationSeconds parameter. You can specify a parameter value of up to
43200 seconds (12 hours), depending on the maximum session duration setting for your
role. However, if you assume a role using role chaining and provide a
DurationSeconds parameter value greater than one hour, the operation
The temporary security credentials created by
AssumeRoleWithSAML can be
used to make API calls to any Amazon Web Services service with the following exception: you cannot call
(Optional) You can pass inline or managed session policies to this operation. You can pass a single JSON policy document to use as an inline session policy. You can also specify up to 10 managed policy Amazon Resource Names (ARNs) to use as managed session policies. The plaintext that you use for both inline and managed session policies can't exceed 2,048 characters. Passing policies to this operation returns new temporary credentials. The resulting session's permissions are the intersection of the role's identity-based policy and the session policies. You can use the role's temporary credentials in subsequent Amazon Web Services API calls to access resources in the account that owns the role. You cannot use session policies to grant more permissions than those allowed by the identity-based policy of the role that is being assumed. For more information, see Session Policies in the IAM User Guide.
AssumeRoleWithSAML does not require the use of Amazon Web Services security
credentials. The identity of the caller is validated by using keys in the metadata document
that is uploaded for the SAML provider entity for your identity provider.
AssumeRoleWithSAML can result in an entry in your CloudTrail logs.
The entry includes the value in the
NameID element of the SAML assertion.
We recommend that you use a
NameIDType that is not associated with any
personally identifiable information (PII). For example, you could instead use the
(Optional) You can configure your IdP to pass attributes into your SAML assertion as session tags. Each session tag consists of a key name and an associated value. For more information about session tags, see Passing Session Tags in STS in the IAM User Guide.
You can pass up to 50 session tags. The plaintext session tag keys can’t exceed 128 characters and the values can’t exceed 256 characters. For these and additional limits, see IAM and STS Character Limits in the IAM User Guide.
An Amazon Web Services conversion compresses the passed inline session policy, managed policy ARNs,
and session tags into a packed binary format that has a separate limit. Your request can
fail for this limit even if your plaintext meets the other requirements. The
PackedPolicySize response element indicates by percentage how close the
policies and tags for your request are to the upper size limit.
You can pass a session tag with the same key as a tag that is attached to the role. When you do, session tags override the role's tags with the same key.
An administrator must grant you the permissions necessary to pass session tags. The administrator can also create granular permissions to allow you to pass only specific session tags. For more information, see Tutorial: Using Tags for Attribute-Based Access Control in the IAM User Guide.
You can set the session tags as transitive. Transitive tags persist during role chaining. For more information, see Chaining Roles with Session Tags in the IAM User Guide.
Before your application can call
AssumeRoleWithSAML, you must configure
your SAML identity provider (IdP) to issue the claims required by Amazon Web Services. Additionally, you
must use Identity and Access Management (IAM) to create a SAML provider entity in your Amazon Web Services account that
represents your identity provider. You must also create an IAM role that specifies this
SAML provider in its trust policy.
For more information, see the following resources: