MSAL.JS SPA client performing Authorization Code Grant flow to ADFS 2019

This blog walks through how to set up MSAL.JS to authenticate directly to ADFS 2019 Server using Authorization Code Grant flow to get an Access Token and then call a Web API with that Access Token. We will go over the following steps to get this the samples working: App Registrations for both the Single Page Application (SPA) client app and the web API app Enable Cross-origin Request Sharing (CORS)…

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Receiving error AADSTS7500514: A supported type of SAML response was not found when authenticating to Azure AD with a federated account

Customers can get the following error when authenticating to Azure Active Directory with a federated account using MSAL (or now deprecated ADAL) Authentication library. { error: “invalid_request”, error_description: “AADSTS7500514: A supported type of SAML response was not found. The supported response types are ‘Response’ (in XML namespace ‘urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:protocol’) or ‘Assertion’ (in XML namespace ‘urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion’). …. error_uri: “https://login.microsoftonline.com/error?code=7500514” } The error is typically seen in the following environment: A federated account…

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Why do I sometimes get a 404 when trying to update an Azure Directory object after I just created it?

Azure AD is a distributed computing system which means, all of the data must be duplicated to the various data centers. You can read about the architecture of Azure here. We occasionally see a case where a customer is using Microsoft Graph to programmatically create a user, group, application, etc. and getting the object id back from that request and then using that id to do some kind of management…

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Microsoft Graph: Why you cannot call the “me” endpoint with a token acquired via the client credentials grant flow

Introduction Microsoft Graph has a couple of primary ways you can get information about a user in Azure AD. This not only includes things like the user attributes but also groups the user is a member of, access to mail, and etc. Each endpoint does require specific permissions but generally speaking, a user can get the basic information about him/herself via the “me” endpoint. The “me” endpoint From our docs…

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Azure Active Directory: How to get the signed in users groups when there is a groups overage claim in an Access token.

Azure AD has a maximum number of groups that can be returned in an access token when you have selected to include the groups claim for your access token. This post will show you how to reproduce the scenario and then how to get the users groups using Microsoft Graph when a groups overage claim is present in the token instead of actual groups. For a JWT token, Azure has…

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How to perform logging for both MSAL.Net and Microsoft Graph SDK

Microsoft Graph SDK has the ability to log out complete HTTP Requests and Reponses as documented here. The way this logging mechanism works is by implementing a custom HttpClient Message handler to intercept every HTTP Request and Response between the client application and the Microsoft Graph Service. Besides hooking into GraphServiceClient’s processing pipeline to do request and response tracing, one can also configure proxy info. See Customize the Microsoft Graph…

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How to avoid the MS Graph error “Authorization_RequestDenied” while managing users

Problem: You may see the error “Authorizaion_RequestDenied” below ‘error’: { ‘code’: ‘Authorization_RequestDenied’, ‘message’: ‘Insufficient privileges to complete the operation.’, ‘innerError’: { ‘date’: ‘2020-11-09T20:28:42’, ‘request-id’: ‘604e410b-4af8-4b79-9f48-fe0cf905a759’, ‘client-request-id’: ‘d6350bb5-3660-1f44-01a8-8a3b86a4c12a’ } } when using Microsoft Graph to manage users. The error happens most likely because the user does not have sufficient permissions. In summary the call requires both of the following: 1) The user or application needs to be in an Administrative role2)…

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Azure AD-protected Web API using Spring Boot Starter for Azure Active Directory

In this blog post, I will demonstrate a simple Azure AD-protected Web API sample using Spring Boot Starter for Azure Active Directory. If you are not familiar with Spring Boot Starter for Azure Active Directory, please take a look at azure-sdk-for-java/sdk/spring/azure-spring-boot-starter-active-directory at main ยท Azure/azure-sdk-for-java (github.com) and the Azure AD Spring Developer’s Guide. Requirement: You must have a Web API Application registered in Azure Active Directory and expose its permission…

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Script errors running MSAL.Net in XBAP application

You may encounter script errors with the background text saying cookies are disabled when running MSAL code snippet similar to the following in a XAML Browser Application (XBAP) from Internet Explorer when performing Azure AD login Root Cause XBAP Applications, although housed in Internet Explorer, runs in its own process space: PresentationHost.exe, which is a very tightly-controlled security container. XBAP Application uses the webBrowser control to host the Azure AD…

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How to use an access token to connect to an Azure SQL Database

In Azure SQL, an access token can be used to authenticate a user or service principal. In this blog post, I will show you what is required for both and give some methods for acquiring the access token based on the scenario to set the access token parameter in the connection object. Requirements: You have an Azure tenant and an Azure SQL database already configured and basic understanding of SSMS…

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