Sitefinity CMS can serve both as Relying Party (RP) and Identity Provider (IP). Usually, these can be one web application on the same host, but with different URLs. However, in a Single-Sign-On (SSO) scenario, these can be on different servers (applications). In both cases the communication between IP and RP is via HTTP and goes trough the client.
Authentication flow diagram
To ensure security, you must configure the following two types of certificates for Sitefinity CMS:
NOTE: Although Sitefinity works successfully on HTTP and HTTPS, we recommend to use SSL/TLS certificate for your site.
You must configure this certificate, by navigating to Administration » Settings » Advanced » Authentication » SecurityTokenService » IdentityServer » SigningCertificate.
NOTE: The certificate must have a private key and the application pool user that runs Sitefinity CMS identity provider must have rights to access it to use it for signing.
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