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Alibaba Cloud SAML integration

Alibaba Cloud, or Aliyun, is a cloud computing subsidiary of Alibaba Group, offering IT infrastructure, data algorithms, big data analytics, machine learning, and IoT services for the Group's business units. It's the third-largest Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider globally and serves various industries.

Arculix by SecureAuth, offers a simple method for adding MFA to Alibaba Cloud via its SAML solution.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. Individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure that only they know or have access to.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a protocol for authenticating to web applications. SAML allows federated apps and organizations to communicate and trust one another’s users.


  • Configured Arculix instance and user account with administrative privileges for Arculix.

  • Configured Arculix LDAP Agent.

    For more information, see the Arculix LDAP Agent deployment guide.

  • User account with administrative privileges for Alibaba Cloud.

Alibaba Cloud configuration

In this section, you'll configure Alibaba Cloud as a service provider (SP).

  1. Download the SAML metadata and certificate for your organization from Arculix.

    Metadata download:<myorganization>/saml/download/metadata

    View metadata:<myorganization>/saml/metadata

    Certificate download:<myorganization>/saml/download/cert

  2. Log in to the Alibaba CloudSSO console with an administrative account.

  3. On the Overview page, copy the User Logon URL.

    You will need the user logon URL in the Arculix configuration.

  4. In the left navigation, select Settings and then click Configure IdP.

  5. Select Upload Metadata File, click Upload File, and select the Arculix metadata file you downloaded Step 1 and click OK.

  6. On the Enable SSO Logon page, click OK.

  7. On the Settings page, for SSO Logon, move the slider to Enabled and copy the Service Provider ACS URL and Entity ID values.

    You will need the ACS URL and Entity ID values for the Arculix configuration.


Arculix SAML configuration as an Identity Provider (IdP)

In this section, you'll add an application for Alibaba Cloud and set the SAML configuration settings. This will define the Identity Provider (IdP) side of the configuration.

  1. Log in to Arculix with an administrative account and go to Applications.

  2. Click Create New Application.

    Create new application
  3. In the New Application form, on the General tab, set the following configurations:


    Set the name of the application. This is the name to display for push notifications, in the Admin panel, Application portal, and audit logs.

    For example, Alibaba Cloud.


    Set to SAML Service Provider.

    Out of Band Methods 

    Select the allowed methods end users can choose to approve MFA requests.

    For example, Arculix Mobile app (push notifications), SMS, or Security Key.

    Message for MFA Requests 

    Optional. Type a message displayed to end users when sending an MFA request via push notification, SMS, or email.

  4. Select the SAML Service Provider Configuration tab, and set the following configurations:

    Issuer or Entity ID 

    Paste the Entity ID that you copied earlier in Step 7 of the Alibaba Cloud configuration.

    Log in URL 

    Paste the Log in URL that you copied earlier in Step 3 of the Alibaba Cloud configuration.

    NameID Format 

    Set to Persistent.

    Name Identifier 

    Set to Email.

    The Name Identifier is depends on user accounts in your Alibaba Cloud. For example:

    • Set to Email if you use the email address as a username

    • Set to samAccountName if you use the Active Directory sAMAccountname attribute as the username

    ACS URL 

    Paste the ACS URL that you copied earlier in Step 7 of the Alibaba Cloud configuration.


    Set to RSA-SHA256.

  5. Save your changes.

Test your application integration

  1. Go to User Login URL and click Redirect.

  2. You will be redirected to the Arculix SSO page.

    Application login page with QR code
  3. After successful authentication, select your preferred MFA method to approve access to the Alibaba Cloud application.

    Select MFA method
  4. You will be redirected and logged in to Alibaba Cloud.



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