Sailpoint IdentityIQ Pass through Authentication via Active Directory

When working with the Cloud, organizations of any scale wish to have common credentials across on-premise applications and the cloud applications. It’s the best user experience as well as the best IT management experience. The overhead of facilitating this can be quite a large endeavor.

Sailpoint’s IIQ provides Pass-through authentication using which a Login into IdentityIQ can be done via an enterprise directory credentials or via SSO credentials.

With pass-through authentication in Sailpoint IdentityIQ, password validation takes place through Application Configured in IdenitytIQ. What this means is a simple, but effective SSO solution for the end user. The below presentation gives a quick overview of concepts of Pass Through Authentication and how it is implemented in Sailpoint IdentityIQ.

The presentation is followed by different use cases demonstrated.

 

 

 

 

SailPoint IdentityIQ’s ER Relationship Model

Traditionally, all developers deciphered a product, by understanding the Entity Relationship model of the product’s database schema. This approach was the quick and easiest way to understand any product.

 

A similar approach is tried in deciphering SailPoint IdentityIQ, an Identity Governance solution from Sailpoint. The presentation envisages to give the audience a thorough understanding of the product, not from the API perspective, but from a database model perspective.

 

Sailpoint’s Identity IQ has some key objects like Identity, Application, Bundle etc. There are many dependent objects. Most of the key objects are covered comprehensively in the presentation.

 

 

eMail Configuration in Sailpoint IdentityIQ

eMail communication has revolutionized the way we communicate. A tool/facility introduced for simple communications is now considered more formal and legal. For a long time deep linking, in simple terms, embedding buttons with logic to provide email based decisions has been prevalent.

There is nothing better than sending a direct link to a page where one needs to take an action, in an email. Especially for something which needs urgent attention.

 

Sailpoint’s IdentityIQ provides the functionality to notify users through Emails. We may also have Emails with embedded URL which provides direct access to pages in IdentityIQ.

In the following presentation, a detailed overview of Email Configurations and use of Emails in IdentityIQ is presented.

Following is the demo on Email notifications with URLs embedded in mails, which provides direct access to pages in IdentityIQ.

 

Solved: “HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value”

Environment:

OS: Oracle Linux 7.0

Java: jdk1.8

DB: Oracle Database 11G R2

DB Installed mode: Single Instance Server

 

Problem Statement:

A connection to an Oracle database, via CLI mode, may be achieved using the following commands in a Linux Shell.

Start the listener by typing below command:

>lsnrctl start

Start the database by typing below command:

>sqlplus sys as sysdba

>startup

Error:

Error 46 initializing SQL*Plus
HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value
SP2-1502: The HTTP proxy server specified by http_proxy is not accessible.

HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value error

Error: HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value

 

Reasoning:

In the above error message, “HTTP proxy server specified by http_proxy variable”, the specified value is incorrect.The error may have occurred because sqlplus uses the http_proxy and no_proxy environment variables to determine if proxy is used. To bypass the proxy settings, both these values need to be unset or exported.

http_proxy: Specify the value to use as the HTTP proxy for all connections.

For example: http_proxy=“http://proxy.mycompany.com:8080”

no_proxy: Determine hosts that should bypass the proxy.

For example: no_proxy=localhost, mycompany.com, 192.168.0.10:80 so it can’t access this proxy.

 

Solution

First check the proxy settings , it should be correct value or unset it if no proxy is needed. SQL*Plus may get the proxy name from the environment variable http_proxy.This problem could be resolved by using the following commands –

>unset http_proxy

>unset no_proxy

Or

>export http_proxy=

>export no_proxy=

 

HTTP proxy setting has incorrect value issue resolved

Design Patterns for Programmers

In 1986, Chernobyl was the result of bad designs/coding. Huge disasters in the world happen due to naive and inappropriate logic built into systems.

From a refrigerator to your car, a mobile to a rocket, everything runs on a microprocessor. It is a logic builder’s responsibility to take care of some cliched issues that might crash the entire system.

In 1995 at Sun Microsystems design patterns were developed by visionaries christened as GOF (gang of four).

This Video blog is an attempt to lucidly present the design patterns, which have to be considered by every programmer, irrespective of platform of development, for impeccable results.

In this presentation, we spoke about almost all the design patterns which are mostly used in Software Development.In a nutshell, the following are the various aspects of design patterns covered as part of the video:

  1. Creational Design Pattern – 7 design patterns.
  2. Structural Design Pattern – 6 design patterns.
  3. Behavioral Design Pattern -11 design patterns.

 

 

IdentityIQ parallel and serial approvals

 Introduction

Out of the box Sailpoint’s IdentityIQ provides numerous workflows for provisioning, we can implement our custom workflows according to the necessity. Similarly, parallel and serial approvals are workflows used in an enterprise to manage the access of the user.

Requirement

In the world of IAM, one thing every developer should remember is that “Right thing must be accessed by the Right user at a Right time“, from the above sentence we can say that an access must be rightfully distributed to the user.

In this requirement a user in an enterprise requested an entitlement or role using IdentityIQ then that access must be approved by the work groups which are maintaining that privilege.

Understanding parallel and serial approvals in IdentityIQ

The following video illustrates about parallel and serial approvals.

Working demo of parallel and serial approvals

The following video demonstrates how parallel and serial approvals accomplishes.

 

 

 

PlainID – Product Overview

PlainID is a young Authorization Management software company. They found an innovative approach to simplify and optimize dynamic, fine grained access to resources and data.

Following video demonstrates about the PlainID product Overview, Architecture and practical implementation of the product in the field of Identity & Access Management.

 

Data loading into Active Directory using a simple java program

  • Data loading into Active Directory implies creating AD Accounts and corresponding Exchange mailbox accounts using employee data existing in a database.
  • Java program is developed in a fashion which reads the credentials from XML, retrieves employee data from the database, creates an account with a default password in active directory and enables the account as well.
  • The PowerShell script is executed to create exchange accounts for all the users.

Requirement schematic

  • The below process flow diagram explains the requirement lucidly.

requirement


Demo

  • The working demo of this program is embedded.


Documentation and Code

The Documentation and Code for above demo can be downloaded from following links.


 

Solving problem SailPoint IdentityIQ “Mark Invalid Error”

Problem description 

When we try to correlate the accounts into SailPoint’s identityIQ using multiple authoritative sources the following
exception may arise.

Why this happens

The main reason for this error is ambiguity of accounts. After the account aggregation task completed when we try to run the task refresh identity cubes. Task is not running and error is displays as Task stopped by user. When you see the log file there a exception named Mark Invalid.

 

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Case 1

The main cause for this error is, If you have added more than one authoritative sources marked for one identity. The following exception will arise. that means you have added two Authoritative sources representing the same data if run the aggregation task the accounts will be populated with their name then If we perform refresh identity cubes task the accounts will not linked its respective manager account because there will be an ambiguity between two accounts which has to be correlate as manager account.

Case 2

In other cases if you have any accounts or identities not properly deleted.

Solution

The solution I found is to get backup of the rules and application into a xml file using the console.Shutdown the application server and drop all the tables in database using the sql scripts provided by identityIQ then create the tables using the scripts. Import the init.xml using the iiq console.Then import the xml file which represents the application object. Then if you run the aggregation and correlation tasks you can see that all the identities and their managers are correlated in identity warehouse.

Requirements Gathering for an IDM Solution

Requirements Gathering

Understanding the AS-IS and TO BE states of the enterprise IT infrastructure is the most important key to achieve success for any Identity management. Approaching such challenge with a wonderful questionnaire would lead to a win-win situation for both the customer as well as the implementer.

At ENH iSecure, we face the challenge of requirements gathering with a strong questionnaire that helps us understand the requirements of the customer very easily. The following list comprises of some important questions during the initial requirement gathering which are part of the questionnaire:

Identity Vault establishment:

Identity vault establishment is the first step of any Identity management implementation. It involves creating a central identity store which shall be the heart of the implementation. As part of the identity vault establishment and future management, we would put up the following questions to the customer:

Initial Creation of Identity vault:

1. What are the sources that help us create the identity vault?
They can be delimited files present at the Unix location or active directory or a HRMS.
2. Are these sources distributed across multiple applications? In case they do find all the applications across which the trusted sources are distributed.

Regarding the Identity vault maintenance:

1. Are there any specific organizational requirements regarding updation of identity vault? Sometimes it is possible that such updations happen at a specific date to match the server loads and burst in server loads because of sudden peaks in usage. For example, Universities which admit many students at spring or fall.
2. How often would we want the incremental updations to happen to the identity vault? How often are complete updations expected?

Information related users:

1. What are the various types of people whom the identity management solutions monitors? For example, employees, contractors, rehires, customers and any other types of users.
2. What are the various operations that could happen to the users of the identity management system? For example, promotion or termination of employees could be operation on the user. Expiry of contract for contractors could be a situation.
3. Identity management solutions maintains users in various states. For examples most of the identity management solutions have an active, disabled or terminated states for users. How are these states expected to change with respect to various actions on the users?

Provisioning related information:

1. What are the various target applications that are present in the IT infrastructure that need to be monitored by the solution?
2. How does the communication to the applications from the identity management solutions happen? Is there a bus service that is running that needs to be passed through or can they be directly communicate to?
3. Are there any rare applications for which we do not have any prebuilt connectors to work with? In such cases we need to develop connectors for communication to happen.
4. What are the various accounts and privileges to be provided to various kinds of users with different attribute values?
5. In case there is any change is user attributes or state of the user , how to deal with the transition to new state of user? For example, in rehire kind of scenario, we temporarily disable the users. Also in case there is a state change, all the accounts that need to provisioned in the state have to be provisioned.

Requests based provisioning:

1. Is there a requirement for users to request various accounts or privileges in various applications? What are the various resources that a particular kind of user can request and what is it that they can’t request?
2. How should the various requests be processed? Is there any complex approval process that is involved? For example sometimes it is required that IT Admin as well the manager are expected to approve provisioning an account.