Reverse Proxy Authentication¶
This authentication method is often used for SSO (Single Sign-On) especially for large organizations.
The authentication is done by another system, Kanboard doesn’t know your password and suppose you are already authenticated.
Apache Auth on the same server or a well-configured reverse proxy.
How does this work?¶
- Your reverse proxy authenticates the user and send the username through a HTTP header.
- Kanboard retrieve the username from the request
- The user is created automatically if necessary
- Open a new Kanboard session without any prompt assuming it’s valid
Setting up your reverse proxy¶
This is not in the scope of this documentation. You should check the user login is sent by the reverse proxy using a HTTP header, and find out which one.
Setting up Kanboard¶
Create a custom
config.php file or copy the
<?php // Enable/disable reverse proxy authentication define('REVERSE_PROXY_AUTH', true); // Set this value to true // The HTTP header to retrieve. If not specified, REMOTE_USER is the default define('REVERSE_PROXY_USER_HEADER', 'REMOTE_USER'); // The default Kanboard admin for your organization. // Since everything should be filtered by the reverse proxy, // you should want to have a bootstrap admin user. define('REVERSE_PROXY_DEFAULT_ADMIN', 'myadmin'); // The default domain to assume for the email address. // In case the username is not an email address, it // will be updated automatically as USER@mydomain.com define('REVERSE_PROXY_DEFAULT_DOMAIN', 'mydomain.com');
- If the proxy is the same web server that runs Kanboard, according the
CGI protocol the header name
REMOTE_USER. For example, Apache add
REMOTE_USERby default if
Require valid-useris set.
- If you use a different header for
REVERSE_PROXY_USER_HEADER, the value must be prefixed by
HTTP_because it’s fetched from the
- If Apache is a reverse proxy to another Apache running Kanboard, the
REMOTE_USERis not set (same behavior with IIS and Nginx).
- If you have a real reverse proxy, the HTTP ICAP
proposes the header to be
X-Authenticated-User. This de facto standard has been adopted by a number of tools.