OpenID server_error: An error was encountered. "Error occurred during a cryptographic operation."

    Applies to:
  • SecureAuth Identity Platform
  • Legacy SecureAuth IdP
Deployment model:
  • Cloud
  • Hybrid
  • On Premises
  • Version Affected:  All


    When a User logs into an OpenID app for the first time, it works fine.

    However, subsequent logins result in hitting a 2nd IdP and they see Server_Error


    The Debug log shows


    LogChannel="SA_DEBUG" FormatVersion="0.0.1" EventID="40999" Timestamp="2022-09-14T17:21:21.715Z" CompanyID="" ApplianceID="" Realm="" UserID="" BrowserSession="07427dfe-33f2-4297-83a3-914275be00ac" StateMachineID="" RequestID="b7e6d4ee-06dd-4e86-a905-df3a47be2ba2" UserHostAddress="" Message="[AuthorizeEndpoint].[ProcessConsent]: Exception: System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException: Error occurred during a cryptographic operation.
    at System.Web.Security.Cryptography.HomogenizingCryptoServiceWrapper.HomogenizeErrors(Func`2 func, Byte[] input)
    at System.Web.Security.FormsAuthentication.Decrypt(String encryptedTicket)
    at SecureAuth.IdentityModel.OpenIDConnect.Handlers.AuthorizeEndpointHandler.GetCookieAuthenticationTime()
    at SecureAuth.IdentityModel.OpenIDConnect.Handlers.AuthorizeEndpointHandler.ProduceResponseContent()
    at SecureAuth.IdentityModel.OpenIDConnect.Endpoints.AuthorizeEndpoint.DeliverResponseContent()
    at SecureAuth.IdentityModel.OpenIDConnect.Endpoints.AuthorizeEndpoint.ProcessConsent()"



    We create a Cookie at the time of first login. The secondary IdP's are unable to read it because the realms Machinekey setting is set to "Isolate Apps"



    Generate the MachineKeys so that the Cookie works across all IdPs.

    1. Open the Admin Console

    2. Navigate to the PostAuth tab of the OpenID realm

    3. Click on the "Click here to edit FormsAuth/SSO

    4. Scroll to the Machine Keys section and click Generate

    5. Click Save. 





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