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Subject: [security-services] SAML core editors: an item to put into doc
Quoted from RL 'Bob' Morgan message:
"On the Tuesday 2001-12-18 call there was discussion about process for
changes to the spec documents that were approved in concept at the
November F2F, but which were awaiting text for completion. We decided
that, now that text has been offered for these (and not having been
commented on by anyone), that this text should be included in the
documents by the editors, leaving to anyone opposed to this text to
complain about it afterwards. The point is to close these issues promptly
so we can proceed to last call the documents in January as planned."
Here is my item. I included modifications made by Scott Cantor in the text.
Editors, please update core document.
Attribute Authority info in Authentication Assertion was discussed at f2f #5
and clarifying text was requested so that committee can vote on the issue.
original proposal was sent out on Monday, October 22, 2001 10:22AM
Context here is that Authentication Authority can front several Attribute Authorities
as in the case of Shibboleth. Authentication Authority should be able to point
to the correct Attribute Authority for authenticated subject by including information
about Attribute Authority in AuthenticationAssertion.
SAML assumes that given authentication assertion relying party can find
attribute authority for the authenticated subject.
In a more dynamic situation Authentication Authority can be placed in front
of a number of Attribute Authorities. In this case Authentication Authority
may want to direct relying parties to the specific Attribute Authorities at the
time when authentication assertion is issued.
AuthorityBinding element specifies the type of authority (authentication, attribute,
authorization) and points to it via URI. AuthenticationStatementType contains optional
list of AuthorityBinding's. All AuthorityBinding's in the list must be of the 'attribute' type.
Any authority pointed to by the AuthorityBinding list may be queried by the relying party.
<element name="AuthorityBinding" type="saml:AuthorityBindingType"/>
<attribute name="Binding" type="anyURI"/>
<element name="AuthenticationStatement" type="saml:AuthenticationStatementType"/>
<element ref="saml:AuthenticationLocality" minOccurs="0"/>
<element ref="saml:AuthorityBinding" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded" <--- addition
<attribute name="AuthenticationMethod" type="anyURI"/>
<attribute name="AuthenticationInstant" type="dateTime"/>
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