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Web browser Single Sign-On (SSO)

Single Sign-On (SSO) lets users access PaperCut's web interface without re-entering credentials. For example, you can give a user logged into Windows direct access to PaperCut's web interface without needing to re-enter their username and password at the PaperCut login screen. Sites with an intranet portal often find SSO particularly attractive, as it allows diverse IT systems to be seamlessly integrated into the portal without the need for separate logins.

Single Sign-On also goes hand in hand with technologies such as two-factor authentication used in high security environments. With two-factor authentication, sign-on can involve presentation of an ID card or reading a fingerprint. In some cases, user passwords are managed by the security system and not known to the user, making it impossible to login using a traditional login screen. PaperCut's SSO support allows PaperCut to leverage the two-factor security already in place.

Web single sign-on is an advanced topic. The standard web login that comes built-in with PaperCut is most appropriate for many sites.

PaperCut supports two different web SSO methods:

  1. Integrated Windows Authentication For Windows domain environments where both the PaperCut Application ServerAn Application Server is the primary server program responsible for providing the PaperCut user interface, storing data, and providing services to users. PaperCut uses the Application Server to manage user and account information, manage printers, calculate print costs, provide a web browser interface to administrators and end users, and much more. and the user computers share the same Windows domain and intranet zone. With Integrated Windows Authentication, PaperCut uses existing Windows technologies to securely identify Windows domain users as PaperCut users.

  2. WebAuth A web authentication system developed and freely licensed by Stanford University. It is implemented as an Apache module and works by intercepting requests to the PaperCut Application Server. WebAuth is operating system neutral, but requires specialist expertise to set up.

    PaperCut's WebAuth integration is actually quite generic and is also used for Shibboleth SSO integration at several customer sites.


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