CILogon Authentication

CILogon is the preferred authentication method for Globus Connect Server. For this method to work, your environment must meet two requirements:

  1. All users have some form of active SUNetID. Full-service, sponsored, and base-level SUNetIDs are all allowed.

  2. Users must use their SUNetID as their local username.

Here is how CILogon authentication works:

  1. The end user chooses to use your Globus Connect Server endpoint.

  2. Globus redirects the user to CILogon, which redirects the user to the normal Stanford login page.

  3. Once the user authenticates, Stanford reports successful authentication to CILogon, who issues a time-limited certificate and private key to Globus.

CILogon is preferred because it uses the normal Stanford web login process, which means the user’s SUNetID and password do not go to any non-Stanford sites.

When Globus communicates with your endpoint, it uses the client cert issued by CILogon, which contains the end user’s SUNetID. That is how your endpoint knows who is using Globus.

Globus Configuration

To use CILogon authentication, you will be making additions to the globus-connect-server.conf file that you first filled in during initial configuration.

Perform initial configuration first

If you have not already completed the initial configuration, do that first, and then come back here.

Here is the content which needs to be added to the globus-connect-server.conf file:

The one section will now be discussed in detail. If you do not need this explanation, you can skip ahead.


The Security section is very simple:

FetchCredentialFromRelay = True
IdentityMethod = CILogon
CILogonIdentityProvider = Stanford University

IdentityMethod tells globus-connect-server-setup that we will be using CILogon, and CILogonIdentityProvider confirms that our users will be using Stanford University credentials. The explanation for FetchCredentialFromRelay is a little more complicated.

TLS is used to secure the communications between Globus and your endpoint. With TLS, the server side must have a private key and certificate (if you run a web site, you are probably aware of this already). Since Globus is initiating connections to your endpoint, your endpoint needs a private key and certificate. The FetchCredentialsFromRelay setting tells globus-connect-server-setup to fetch a key and certificate from Globus, which will be used for all future connections from Globus.

Once globus-connect-server.conf has been completed, it is now time to run globus-connect-server-setup!

Run Setup

You should now run the globus-connect-server-setup command. When you run this command, you will be asked for your Globus ID’s password. Once that is provided, setup will commence.

'sslv3 alert handshake failure' is OK

If you are running globus-connect-server-setup on a system running Python 3.1 or older, you may get the message 'sslv3 alert handshake failure'. This may be safely ignored. It is happening because your older Python is missing support for TLS SNI, which is required by (the Globus package repository). This issue has been reported to Globus.

Repeatedly prompted for ID and password?

If you are being repeatedly prompted for your Globus ID and password, that normally means that one of the two are incorrect. Remember, when prompted for your Globus ID, only enter the part before the at-sign.

Here is an example of the output from a successful run of globus-connect-server-setup:

Using MyProxy server on None
Configured GridFTP server to run on
Server DN: /C=US/O=Globus Consortium/OU=Globus Connect Service/CN=cff864ae-3965-11e8-b98d-0ac6873fc732
Using Authentication Method CILogon
Configured Endpoint quake-sci-nfs-1

globus-connect-server-setup is performing these steps:

  1. Checking for newer versions of Globus Connect Server.

  2. Enabling the globus-gridftp-server service, and performing basic configuration.

  3. Installing CILogon’s Certificate Authority, which GridFTP will use to verify client certs.

  4. Requesting a server certificate and private key from Globus, which MyProxy and GridFTP will use when accepting connections from Globus.

If configuration was successful, the “Configured endpoint” message will be printed. At this point, services have been started and are ready for use!

Write down your Server DN

The Server DN is needed later in the configuration process, so make a note of it, until configuration is complete.

Now that Globus Connect Server (or, more specifically, MyProxy and GridFTP) is (are) up and running, you should finish configuration.