OpenID Connect Provider

3.9. OpenID Connect Provider#

UCS offers the possibility to install a OpenID Connect Provider, which allows external web services to delegate the user login via the OpenID Connect (OIDC) protocol to the UCS Identity Management. The OpenID Connect Provider App can be installed via the App Center. The service is provided by the software Kopano Konnect.

The app can be installed on all system roles. When installing on a UCS system with the role Primary Directory Node or Backup Directory Node the OpenID Connect Provider is made available under the DNS entry for the single sign-on, normally this is ucs-sso.Domain name.

If the app is installed on a different system role, the provider can be reached directly via the hostname instead. It should be ensured that the app is installed on all other servers that are reachable at the ucs-sso DNS CNAME.

Session synchronization between multiple installed OIDC Providers in a domain is not preconfigured. When experiencing login issues with Apps, we recommend to only install the OIDC Provider on one system, and restrict the ucs-sso DNS CNAME to that system, or contact Univention Support.

External Web services can be connected to UCS via OpenID Connect by creating a specific object of type oidc/rpservice for this service in the UCS directory service. These can be created via the UMC module LDAP directory in the container cn=oidc, which is located below the container cn=univention. Here the new service can be registered via the item Add and the selection OpenID Connect Relying Party Service.

The same is also possible from the command line:

$ udm oidc/rpservice create --set name=$UCS_internal_identifier \
  --position="cn=oidc,cn=univention,$(ucr get ldap/base)" \
  --set clientid="$ClientID" \
  --set clientsecret="$a_long_password" \
  --set trusted=yes \
  --set applicationtype=web \
  --set redirectURI="$URL_from_services_documentation"

The command parameters are:


the service name displayed in the web interface during login.


must be identical here and in the connected service (shared secret).


must be identical here and in the connected service (shared secret).


should be set to yes by default. Otherwise, the user will be prompted for confirmation to transfer their user attributes to the service.


should be set to web for internet services.


URL of the login endpoint, which can be found in the documentation of the connected service. If a service is accessible via several URLs or should it also be accessible via IP address, all possible addresses must be added to the redirectURI attribute. The field can therefore be defined multiple times, whereby each individual value must contain a valid URL.

The connected web service still needs information about the OpenID Connect endpoints of the provider app for its configuration. If the provider app is installed, this information can be found at the URL https://ucs-sso[Domain name]/.well-known/openid-configuration. If the provider app was installed on a system other than Primary Directory Node or Backup Directory Node, use the FQDN of the respective server instead of ucs-sso.Domain name as described above.

When using OpenID Connect, resolvable DNS names and verifiable certificates are a prerequisite. This is especially true for client computers of end users who need to access both the DNS resolvable host names of the Web service and the OpenID Connect Provider. In addition, the externally connected Web services must be able to establish a connection to the OpenID Connect Provider in order to be able to retrieve the user attributes.

In the special case where the DNS name of the OIDC provider is to be changed, the corresponding value must first be adjusted in the app settings of the OpenID Connect Provider app. Since there are diverse scenarios for the availability of the provider after changing the DNS name, the web server configuration cannot be changed automatically. For example, depending on the configured DNS name, the UCS Apache configuration has to be adapted. The configuration file /etc/apache2/conf-available/openid-connect-provider.conf must be made available under the set DNS name in a virtual host.

With version 2 of the OIDC-Provider App the authentication to OpenID Connect works via the SAML Identity Provider of the UCS domain. If the SAML Identity Provider is not reachable at the default URL https://ucs-sso.[Domain name], the correct URL under which the SAML IdP metadata for the UCS domain can be retrieved must be entered correctly in the app settings. If this URL is configured incorrectly, the OpenID Connect Provider will not start.

With SAML authentication, the authorization for the use of the OpenID Connect Provider and thus for all apps connected via OIDC can be controlled via SAML authorizations. By default, the group Domain Users is enabled for access when the app is installed. If this permission should be removed, the corresponding option must also be activated in the app settings so that the permission is not automatically added again.

The OpenID Connect Provider logs actions via the Docker Daemon. The output can be viewed with the command univention-app logs openid-connect-provider.