How to pass Siteminder HTML Forms user/password information

Posted on 2005-03-11
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I am using SiteMinder 5.5 on Windows 2000 platforms protecting IIS websites and would like to do the following:  I would like to find a way to dynamically pass User/Password information to the .fcc HTML Form security (if there is a better way, it doesn't _have_ to be this security settup).  Ideally, I would go to a preliminary page which would gather the credentials server side (because these are all internal people and will have been logged into our LAN already) and then pass them to the Form security and, without user interaction, let SiteMinder authenticate and authorize them just as if they had typed in their user/password.  I think this is similar to the following question:


But it was closed by the author saying he found the solution, but he didn't post it. :(  Any examples would be greatly appreciated, although if you could point me in the right direction, that would be helpful, too! Thanks! :)

Question by:sgvill
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Expert Comment

ID: 13521745
> .. just as if they had typed in their user/password
do you mean that of AD authentication for example?

How does your SiteMinder identify users/sessions? with Cookies?

Author Comment

ID: 13523394
Yes, they will be logged into the LAN using AD.  I don't want to point SiteMinder to AD, though, because then i have to pay for every named user in AD, even though only a small subset need it. So, I'd like to gather the UserID from NT through an ASP page, and pass that to an .fcc page, for instance, automatically submitting the username with no password.  In the SQL directory server, I will have only the usernames of those who need siteminder, with no passwords.  Therefore, if someone is logged into the network, they will not have to log in again to SiteMinder, but will only be authenticated if they exist with the proper securities in the SiteMinder user directory.

I think that SiteMinder does use Cookies to store user/sessions.
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Assisted Solution

ahoffmann earned 600 total points
ID: 13524304
>  I don't want to point SiteMinder to AD,
you need to install a SiteMinder Agent at AD (sorry don't know how to do that)
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Author Comment

ID: 13527502
Yes, I know how to do that (point it to AD), but thats not the solution i want.  I'd like to know how to go through an .asp script and then pass the user/password information to the .fcc file.  (or straight to siteminder) .

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Expert Comment

ID: 13528057
sorry, no glue about .asp
but there should be a function to get usernames and credentials

Assisted Solution

oscarfg earned 600 total points
ID: 13546403
This question is not that similar to the one I posted several years ago.  However I have seen people use an ASP page that gathers user info from LDAP server or siteminder.  Once this information is gathered, using VBScript in the ASP page you can post to an FCC page with the gathered credentials.  I remember the layout but I don’t remember the code used to gather the credentials from LDAP.  When a user wanted to go to a page that was secure the user would click on a link and a second page would come up with a message stating that you are leaving the current site for a more secure site and to press OK to proceed.  This was the ASP page were all the code was located and when the user would hit OK it would post to an FCC page, if the credential were correct it would forward them to the right page, if they were not then they would get sent to an error page.  Hopefully this will help but I don’t remember the code that was used to get the info as I did not write it.  

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Accepted Solution

WalkaboutTigger earned 800 total points
ID: 13571918
Global.asa snippet:

      txtLogin = Request.ServerVariables("LOGON_USER")
      if instr(txtLogin, "\") <> 0 then
            loginArray = Split(txtLogin, "\")
            login = loginArray(1)
      end if
      dim adoCon
      dim rsUsers
      set adoCon = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
      adoCon.Open dbUsersConnectionstring
      set rsUsers = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
      strSQL = "SELECT * FROM tblCompany WHERE Login = " & "'" & login & "'"
      rsUsers.Open strSQL, adoCon
      if not rsUsers.EOF then
            session("sesFirstName") =  rsUsers("FirstName")
            session("sesLastName") =   rsUsers("LastName")
            session("sesLogin") =  rsUsers("Login")
            session("sesVariables") =  rsUsers("Variables")
            session("sesUserID") = rsUsers("ID")
            session("sesDepartment") = rsUsers("Department")
            session("sesEmail") = rsUsers("Email")
            session("sesSecurityCode") = rsUsers("SecurityCode")      
            'user not found? redirect to add user page
            response.redirect "newUser.asp?login=" & login      
      end if
      set rsUsers = Nothing
      set adoCon = Nothing            

I am presuming the IIS server the users are attaching to is in the same AD as the user and that IIS has integrated Windows authentication enabled.

I presume you are trying to do Single Sign-On (SSO) for this application to ease the users' pain while still protecting the integrity of the system to which "...only a few people..." need access without writing a huge check to CA for the AD named users' license fees and without making your environment overly complex.

There are several LDAP-centric ways you can do this without utilizing SiteMinder's LDAP interface.  You could, for example, create an XML or CSV file that contains the authorized users and compares the LOGON_USER to the entries in the list.  This requires some amount of administration (policies and procedures needed here) when users are added, changed or removed.

I hope this is somewhat helpful,


Author Comment

ID: 13944399
I was finally able to solve my original question.

I used the following vbscript to load certain variables:

DIM sValue, sURL, sPass, sTarget, sReason
sValue = Request.ServerVariables("LOGON_USER")
sValue = mid(sValue,instr(1,sValue, "\") + 1,len(sValue)-instr(1,sValue,"\"))
sPass = "dummypassword"

sTarget = Request.QueryString.Item("TARGET")
sReason = Request.QueryString.Item("REASON")

Then I created a form as follows:

<input type=hidden name=user value="<%=sValue%>" >
<input type=hidden name=password value="<%=sPass%>">
<input type=submit value="Login">
<input type=hidden name=target value="<%=sTarget%>">
<input type="hidden" name=smauthreason value="<%=sReason%>">

The login.fcc is a standard login screen provided by SiteMinder in their samples directory.  The script above provides a button to press that submits it to login.fcc and authenticates.  I've also made it work by submitting the form on an "onload" event, so there is no user interaction at all.  

Thanks for all the ideas!


Expert Comment

ID: 23234061
Hi Steve,

I am also looking for the same solution, with no user interaction, pass ID to fcc.
Can you please provide me the example. The above example have a login button. Does it need user interaction?

Expert Comment

ID: 23234165
sorry..  got the solution

            <script >

function mthsubmit()

<body onload="mthsubmit();">
      <FORM NAME=PWChange   ACTION="login.fcc" METHOD=POST>
      <input type=hidden name=user value="" >
      <input type=hidden name=password value="">
      <input type=submit value="Login">
      <input type=hidden name=target value="http://localhost/../default.aspx">
      <input type="hidden" name=smauthreason value="0">


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