Raven Webauth to SAML2 Shim¶
This page gives an overview of the legacy Raven webauth to SAML2 shim, describing its current status, where and how it's developed and deployed, and who is responsible for maintaining it.
This service provides a shim, allowing requests made to authenticate using the legacy raven webauth protocol to be authenticated using SAML2 instead. Sites not yet implementing the SAML2 protocol can continue to use the existing webauth protocol, but the authentication request will be passed to the Raven Shibboleth instance to perform the actual authentication.
Sites requiring raven-4-life (R4L) support must be registered with the shibboleth metadata app in order to keep that functionality.
The Webauth to SAML2 Shim is currently under active development.
Technical queries and support should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be picked up by a member of the team working on the service. To ensure that you receive a response, always direct requests to email@example.com rather than reaching out to team members directly.
Issues discovered in the service or new feature requests should be opened as GitLab issues here.
The Webauth to SAML2 Shim is currently deployed to the following environments:
|Name||Main Application URL||GCP Deployment|
All environments share access to a set of secrets stored in the meta-project Secret Manager
The source code for the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is spread over the following repositories:
|Application Server||The source code for the main application server|
|Infrastructure Deployment||The Terraform infrastructure code for deploying the application server to GCP|
The following gives an overview of the technologies the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is built on.
|Web Application||Python 3.10||Django 3.2|
The following gives an overview of how the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is deployed and maintained.
How and where the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is deployed¶
The main web application is a lightweight Django application, hosted by GCP Cloud Run. There is an associated PostgreSQL database hosted by GCP Cloud SQL, which is used for storing cache items only, and contains no critical persistent data.
The shim is deployed as part of the legacy raven infrastructure using Terraform (see Source Code above).
Deploying a New Release¶
README.md files in each of the source code repositories explain how to deploy the
Webauth to SAML2 Shim.
The logs for the running shim instances can be found in the GCP console:
For debugging the deployed app see "Monitoring" above. For debugging locally the
describes how the containerised app can be run.
Other operational documentation¶
Service Management and tech lead¶
The service owner for the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is Vijay Samtani.
The service manager for the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is Dr Я Charles.
The tech lead for the Webauth to SAML2 Shim is Robin Goodall.
The following engineers have operational experience with the Webauth to SAML2 Shim and are able to respond to support requests or incidents: