Using SAML with your Amazon Managed Grafana workspace - Amazon Managed Grafana

Using SAML with your Amazon Managed Grafana workspace

Note

Amazon Managed Grafana does not currently support IdP initiated login for workspaces. You should set up your SAML applications with a blank Relay State.

SAML authentication support enables you to use your existing identity provider to offer single sign-on for logging into the Grafana console of your Amazon Managed Grafana workspaces. Rather than authenticating through IAM, SAML authentication for Amazon Managed Grafana lets you use third-party identity providers to log in, manage access control, search your data, and build visualizations. Amazon Managed Grafana supports identity providers that use the SAML 2.0 standard and have built and tested integration applications with Azure AD, CyberArk, Okta, OneLogin, and Ping Identity.

In the SAML authentication flow, an Amazon Managed Grafana workspace acts as the service provider (SP), and interacts with the IdP to obtain user information. For more information about SAML, see Security Assertion Markup Language.

You can map groups in your IdP to teams in the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace, and set fine-grained access permissions on those teams. You can also map organization roles that are defined in the IdP to roles in the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace. For example, if you have a Developer role defined in the IdP, you can map that role to the Grafana Admin role in the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace.

To sign in to the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace, a user visits the workspace's Grafana console home page and chooses Log in using SAML. The workspace reads the SAML configuration and redirects the user to the IdP for authentication. The user enters their user name and password in the IdP portal, and if they are a valid user, the IdP issues a SAML assertion and redirects the user back to the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace. Amazon Managed Grafana verifies that the SAML assertion is valid, and the user is signed in and can use the workspace.

Amazon Managed Grafana supports the following SAML 2.0 bindings:

  • From the service provider (SP) to the identity provider (IdP):

    • HTTP-POST binding

    • HTTP-Redirect binding

  • From the identity provider (IdP) to the service provider (SP):

    • HTTP-POST binding

Amazon Managed Grafana supports signed and encrypted assertions, but does not support signed or encrypted requests.

Amazon Managed Grafana supports SP-initiated requests, and does not support IdP-initiated requests.

Assertion mapping

During the SAML authentication flow, Amazon Managed Grafana receives the assertion consumer service (ACS) callback. The callback contains all relevant information for the user being authenticated, embedded in the SAML response. Amazon Managed Grafana parses the response to create (or update) the user within its internal database.

When Amazon Managed Grafana maps the user information, it looks at the individual attributes within the assertion. You can think of these attributes as key-value pairs, although they contain more information than that.

Amazon Managed Grafana provides configuration options so that you can modify which keys to look at for these values.

You can use the Amazon Managed Grafana console to map the following SAML assertion attributes to values in Amazon Managed Grafana:

  • For Assertion attribute role, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use as the user roles.

  • For Assertion attribute name, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use for the user full "friendly" names for SAML users.

  • For Assertion attribute login, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use for the user sign-in names for SAML users.

  • For Assertion attribute email, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use for the user email names for SAML users.

  • For Assertion attribute organization, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use for the "friendly" name for user organizations.

  • For Assertion attribute groups, specify the name of the attribute within the SAML assertion to use for the "friendly" name for user groups.

  • For Allowed organizations, you can limit user access to only the users who are members of certain organizations in the IdP.

  • For Editor role values, specify the user roles from your IdP who should all be granted the Editor role in the Amazon Managed Grafana workspace.

Required IAM permissions to create a workspace that uses SAML

When you create an Amazon Managed Grafana workspace that uses an IdP and SAML for authorization, you must be signed on to an IAM principal that has the AWSGrafanaAccountAdministrator policy attached.

Connecting to your identity provider

The following external identity providers have been tested with Amazon Managed Grafana and provide applications directly in their app directories or galleries to help you configure Amazon Managed Grafana with SAML.