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Subject: RE: Attribute value data types

Title: RSA Interop 2005 Guidelines
I agree.
-----Original Message-----
From: Philpott, Robert [mailto:rphilpott@rsasecurity.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:34 PM
To: Ciochon, Robert; samldemotech
Subject: Attribute value data types

I believe we did all agree that attribute data in the Attribute elements will be in the “urn:…:attrname-format:basic” format.  We currently have defined 3 attributes to be included: MemberLevel, EmailAddress, and CommonName.  We didn’t declare the expected datatypes for the values of these attributes.  I am assuming all of them will be xsi:type=”xs:string”.  That clearly makes sense for EmailAddress and CommonName. Last year, we used “1” for the MemberLevel, but didn’t document its type in the spec.  I believe we ended up making it a string also.


So I recommend that we stick to strings for all attribute values.  Anyone disagree?


I also believe we previously agreed that we would not state that everyone has to use the same attribute values for these attributes (as we did last year).  But one thing I think we did agree on is that these would all be single-valued attribute values.


Anyone disagree?  So, for example, I might send or expect to receive the following attributes:


<saml:Attribute NameFormat=”urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:basic” Name=”EmailAddress”>

    <saml:AttributeValue xsi:type=”xs:string”>alicesmith@yahoo.com</saml:AttributeValue>


<saml:Attribute NameFormat=”urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:basic” Name=”CommonName”>

    <saml:AttributeValue xsi:type=”xs:string”>Alice Marie Smith</saml:AttributeValue>


<saml:Attribute NameFormat=”urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:basic” Name=”MemberLevel”>

    <saml:AttributeValue xsi:type=”xs:string”>1</saml:AttributeValue>



Sound okay?


If so, Bob, could you please update the spec with the additional info?

Rob Philpott
Senior Consulting Engineer 
RSA Security Inc.
Tel: 781-515-7115
Mobile: 617-510-0893
Fax: 781-515-7020

From: Ciochon, Robert [mailto:Robert.Ciochon@ca.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 3:17 PM
To: samldemotech
Subject: RSA Interop 2005 Guidelines


Attached is the first cut at defining the guidelines and use cases for the SAML Interop at RSA 2005.  Please send me any feedback, questions, clarifications, etc...



Robert Ciochon
eTrust Development Manager
Computer Associates
San Diego, California
(858) 625-6866

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