Azure Active Directory group claims combine unexpectedly in OpenShift 4

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  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP)
    • 4
  • Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO)
    • 4
  • Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA)
    • 4
  • Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated (OSD)
    • 4
  • Azure Active Directory (AAD) configured as an OpenID Connect (OIDC)


  • What is the correct endpoint to configure Azure Active Directory as an OIDC in OpenShift 4?
  • Adding users using AAD configured as an OIDC create malformed group entries in OCP 4.
  • When configuring AAD with the OpenID Connect group claim attribute in the OAuth CustomResourceDefinition (CRD) all groups provided by the claim are unexpectedly combined together, instead of being added to multiple individual groups. This issue creates groups that appear like this:

    kind: Group
      name: >-
      uid: b3ed0b40-ffd3-5r0c-fcas-3b780aa40b3f
      resourceVersion: '1234'
      creationTimestamp: '2022-07-27T18:20:48Z'
      annotations: 'true' synced   


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Ensure that the issuer URL specified in the OAuth CustomResourceDefinition (CRD) for the openID field is set to the Azure Active Directory v2.0 endpoint. The v2.0 endpoint format is:

Where xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx is the Azure Active Directory application's tenant ID.

Root Cause

The Azure Active Directory v1.0 endpoint concatenates groups together in the response provided to OpenShift. The Azure Active Directory v2.0 endpoint does not do this.

Diagnostic Steps

Check the issuer URL specified in the OAuth:

$ oc get oauth cluster -o yaml
kind: OAuth
  name: cluster

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