Exception error: Failed to encrypt SAML assertion

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SecureAuth IdP Version Affected:  All

 

Description: 

 

When trying to encrypt SAML assertions the following error is seen:

In the Browser:
Error: at ComponentSpace.SAML2.Assertions.EncryptedAssertion..ctor(XmlElement samlAssertion, X509Certificate2 x509Certificate, EncryptionMethod keyEncryptionMethod, EncryptionMethod dataEncryptionMethod) at MFC.SAML20.SAMLUtil.EncryptAssertion(XmlElement xmlSAMLAssertion, String SAMLEncryptionCert, String SAMLKeyEncryptionMethod, String SAMLEncryptionMethod) at MFC.WebApp.SecureAuth.SAML20IdPInit.CreateSAMLResponse(String sUser, String UserID) at MFC.WebApp.SecureAuth.SAML20IdPInit.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)

In the Audit log:
SAML20IdPInit exception error: Failed to encrypt SAML assertion., stack: at ComponentSpace.SAML2.Assertions.EncryptedAssertion..ctor(XmlElement samlAssertion, X509Certificate2 x509Certificate, EncryptionMethod keyEncryptionMethod, EncryptionMethod dataEncryptionMethod)
at MFC.SAML20.SAMLUtil.EncryptAssertion(XmlElement xmlSAMLAssertion, String SAMLEncryptionCert, String SAMLKeyEncryptionMethod, String SAMLEncryptionMethod)
at MFC.WebApp.SecureAuth.SAML20IdPInit.CreateSAMLResponse(String sUser, String UserID)
at MFC.WebApp.SecureAuth.SAML20IdPInit.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)</Message></Root>

 

Cause:

 

Either the encryption certificate has been incorrectly pasted or the SAML Data Encryption Method/SAML Key Encryption Method is set to use a hashing algorithm like SHA.

 

Resolution

  • In the Post Authentication tab, ensure that a non hashing algorithm is used for such as AES for SAML Data Encryption Method and SAML Key Encryption Method.

 

  • When pasting the certificate in Base64 format into the "Encryption Cert" box in the Post Authentication tab, don't forget to remove the header and footers saying:
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
and
-----END CERTIFICATE-----
 
 
 

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