CASifying Sakai with CAS 3

These instructions are for CASifying Sakai with CAS 3 and have been tested on Sakai 2.8, but should work for Sakai 2.6 and Sakai 2.7 as well.

If you are looking for information on CASifying Sakai with CAS 2, read my previous article.

1) Configure sakai-login-tool’s web.xml

There are two blocks you need to add to the sakai-login-tool’s web.xml file.
Edit: $SAKAI_SRC/login/login-tool/tool/src/webapp/WEB-INF/web.xml

First, the filter and filter-mapping blocks; add them after any others that appear in that file as below:

[...]
<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>sakai.request.container</filter-name>
<servlet-name>sakai.login.container</servlet-name>
<dispatcher>REQUEST</dispatcher>
</filter-mapping>

<!-- begin CAS servlet filter -->
<filter>
<filter-name>CAS Authentication Filter</filter-name>
<filter-class>org.jasig.cas.client.authentication.AuthenticationFilter</filter-class>

<init-param>
<param-name>casServerLoginUrl</param-name>
<param-value>https://YOUR_CAS_SERVER/cas/login</param-value&gt;
</init-param>

<init-param>
<param-name>serverName</param-name>
<param-value>YOUR_SAKAI_SERVER:PORT</param-value>
</init-param>
</filter>

<filter>
<filter-name>CAS Validation Filter</filter-name>
<filter-class>org.jasig.cas.client.validation.Cas20ProxyReceivingTicketValidationFilter</filter-class>

<init-param>
<param-name>casServerUrlPrefix</param-name>
<param-value>https://YOUR_CAS_SERVER</param-value&gt;
</init-param>

<init-param>
<param-name>serverName</param-name>
<param-value>YOUR_SAKAI_SERVER:PORT</param-value>
</init-param>
</filter>

<filter>
<filter-name>CAS HttpServletRequest Wrapper Filter</filter-name>
<filter-class>org.jasig.cas.client.util.HttpServletRequestWrapperFilter</filter-class>
</filter>

<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>CAS Authentication Filter</filter-name>
<url-pattern>/container</url-pattern>
</filter-mapping>

<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>CAS Validation Filter</filter-name>
<url-pattern>/*</url-pattern>
</filter-mapping>


<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>CAS HttpServletRequest Wrapper Filter</filter-name>
<url-pattern>/*</url-pattern>
</filter-mapping>
<!-- end CAS servlet filter -->

<servlet>
<servlet-name>sakai.login</servlet-name>
<servlet-class>org.sakaiproject.tool.login.LoginTool</servlet-class>
[...]

Of course, you need to replace the above URLs with the URLs that are relevant to your installation.

Next, add another filter-mapping block to force requests for /container through Sakai’s RequestFilter. This filter must be placed close to the top of web.xml:

[...]
<filter-class>org.sakaiproject.util.RequestFilter</filter-class>
</filter>

<!-- Force request for /container through the request filter -->
<filter-mapping>
<filter-name>sakai.request</filter-name>
<url-pattern>/*</url-pattern>
<dispatcher>REQUEST</dispatcher>
<dispatcher>FORWARD</dispatcher>
<dispatcher>INCLUDE</dispatcher>
</filter-mapping>
<!-- end filter mapping addition -->

<filter>
<filter-name>sakai.request.container</filter-name>
<filter-class>org.sakaiproject.util.RequestFilter</filter-class>
[...]

2) Modify the login-tool’s pom.xml to include the casclient.jar automatically

Edit: $SAKAI_SRC/login/login-tool/tool/pom.xml
And add:

<dependency>
<groupId>org.jasig.cas.client</groupId>
<artifactId>cas-client-core</artifactId>
<version>3.2.0</version>
</dependency>

3) Modify sakai.properties

For our requirements, we need everyone to login and logout via CAS. To do this, we need to remove the username/password boxes at the top, enable the container to handle the login via CAS, and force logouts to be handled by CAS also:

# to include the user id and password for login on the gateway site
top.login=false

# to let the container handle login or not (set to true for single-signon type setups, false for just internal login)
container.login=true

# Logout via our CAS landing page. Adjust this to whatever you want.
loggedOutUrl=https://YOUR_CAS_SERVER/applogout?name=${serverName}&url=${serverUrl}/portal

4) Rebuild the login project, restart Sakai and test.

Clicking on the “Login” link now redirects me for authentication, I provide my credentials to CAS, and I’m then redirected back to Sakai, authenticated.

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