Splunk® Enterprise

Securing Splunk Enterprise

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This documentation does not apply to the most recent version of Splunk® Enterprise. For documentation on the most recent version, go to the latest release.

Configure SSO with Okta as your identity provider

If you use Okta as your Identity Provider (IdP). follow these instructions to configure the Splunk platform for single sign-on.

After you configure the Splunk platform for SSO, you can map groups from the IdP to those roles so that users can log in. See Map groups on a SAML identity provider to Splunk user roles so that users in those groups can log in.

For information about configuring Okta as an IdP, consult the Okta documentation.

  1. Confirm that your system meets all of the requirements. See Configure single sign-on with SAML.
  2. In the Settings menu, select Authentication methods.
  3. Select SAML as your authentication type.
  4. Click Configure Splunk to use SAML.
  5. On the SAML Groups page, click SAML Configuration.
  6. Download or browse and select your metadata file, or copy and paste your metadata directly into the text window. Refer to your Okta documentation if you are not sure how to locate your metadata file.
  7. In General Settings, provide the following information:
    Single Sign on URL. This field is populated automatically by your selected metadata file. It is the protected endpoint on your IdP to which Splunk Enterprise sends authentication requests.

    To access the login page once SAML is enabled, append the full login URL (/saml/acs) with loginType=Splunk. Users can also log into their local Splunk account by navigating directly to – splunkweb:port/en-US/account/login?loginType=Splunk

    Single Log Out URL. This field is populated automatically by the metadata file and is the IdP protocol endpoint. If you do not provide this URL, the user will not be logged out.
    IdP's certificate path This value can be a directory or a single file, depending on your IdP requirements. If you provide a file, Splunk Enterprise uses that file to validate authenticity of SAML response. If you provide a directory, Splunk Enterprise looks at all the certificates in the directory and tries to validate SAML response with each one of them. If any validation fails, authentication fails.
    IdP certificate chains If you use a certificate chain, order them as follows:

    1. Root

    2. Intermediate

    3. Leaf

    Replicate certificates Check this to replicate your IdP certificates in a search head cluster. When configuring SAML on a search head cluster, you must use the same certificate for each search head.
    Issuer Id This is the Entity Id of the IdP. See your IdP documentation if you are not sure where to find this information.
    Entity ID. This field is the entity ID as configured in the SP connection entry in your IdP.
    Sign AuthRequest. Select this option.
    Sign SAML Response. Select this option.

    If '''Request Compression''' is set, when you log onto Splunk Web on a Search Head, you are diverted to Okta Applications rather than the Search Head.

  8. Skip Attribute Query./
  9. In the Alias section optionally provide the following aliasing information: In Alias, provide the following information:
    Role Alias Use this field to specify a new attribute name on any IdP and then configure an alias in your Splunk deployment for any of the three attributes.
    Real Name Alias You may skip this field. For ADFS you can use the displayname for the Attribute Alias Real Name.
    Mail Alias Skip this field.
  10. Populate the advanced section only if you need to set up load balancing or change the SAML binding. See Configure load balancing or SAML bindings.
  11. Click Save

An error in configuring SAML can result in users and admins being locked out of the Splunk platform. Use the following URL to access the local login and revert to native authentication if the instance locks you out:


Next steps

Map SAML groups to Splunk Enterprise roles

Last modified on 11 September, 2023
Configure SSO with PingIdentity as your SAML identity provider   Configure SSO with Microsoft Azure AD or AD FS as your Identity Provider

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 7.0.0, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.1.9, 7.1.10, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 7.2.10, 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6, 7.3.7, 7.3.8, 7.3.9, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.10, 7.0.1, 8.0.6, 8.0.5, 8.1.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.1.9, 8.1.10, 8.1.11, 8.1.12, 8.1.13, 8.1.14, 8.2.0, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.2.7, 8.2.8, 8.2.9, 8.2.10, 8.2.11, 8.2.12, 9.0.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.0.5, 9.0.6, 9.0.7, 9.0.8, 9.0.9, 9.0.10, 9.1.0, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3, 9.1.4, 9.1.5, 8.0.7, 8.0.8, 8.0.9

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