Supported Authentication Tools

Composer supports several approaches to authenticating users. Your organization must choose the best approach given your existing constraints and objectives.

Composer supervisors can enable or disable Composer's authentication services as required. The available services are listed on the Security Services tab:

  1. Log into Composer as a supervisor.

  2. Select to access the supervisor menu and then select Security.

    The Security page appears. It consists of four tabs: Security Services, SAML Settings, LDAP Settings, and Kerberos Settings. The Security Services tab is selected. Note that the SAML Settings, LDAP Settings, and Kerberos Settings tabs are accessible only when the corresponding service is enabled on the Security Services tab.

Settings for x.509, Kerberos SSO, and OAuth authentication are handled using the file.

Enabling or disabling any of these security services requires a restart of the Composer service. Basically, any time you toggle a security feature, the Composer service needs to be restarted before the change takes effect. The following toggle status may appear for each of the authentication services: Started, Stopped, Will start or stop on next restart. See Enabling or Disabling a Security Service.

When working with security authentication services, bear in mind that you cannot use them all at the same time. If you toggle a particular security service on, others will become disabled. If you want to use a security service that is disabled, you must toggle the running services off and then start the service you want. The following table describes the compatibility of the security services.

Security Service Can Be Used With
LDAP Kerberos, x509, OAuth
Kerberos LDAP, OAuth
x509 LDAP, OAuth
OAuth SAML, LDAP, Kerberos, x509