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How to hand off session over to Salesforce customer portal



I want to authenticate Customer Portal users via the API from a Java platform, but I'd like to hand the user over to a Salesforce customer portal without having to re-authenticate. I've thought of some trickery that might work, but I wondered if there might be a direct way to pass the session id to some Force.com functionality (exposed as a web service perhaps) and have the user seamlessly continue their journey.




Did you ever find a solution for this? I'm looking to do something similar (from Wordpress, but that's immaterial).




I did actually, but not at the time of this post, only last year. You need to use SSO for customer portal there are 2 types, federated and something-else-I-can't-remember. Let me scrounge my bookmarks quickly.


Here it is: https://na7.salesforce.com/help/doc/en/sso_tips.htm