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Subject: RE: [security-services] the Time Issue

> From: Hal Lockhart [mailto:hal.lockhart@entegrity.com]

> I can see no scenario in SAML where this is required or even
> desirable. I suggest we adopt as an explicit non-goal the
> ability to convert the contents of an assertion to a local
> format and back. If you need the orginal for some purpose
> such as audit, just keep a copy. Does the time precision
> issue still exist if this non-goal is accepted?

I agree with making round-tripping support a non-goal, though XML-DSIG may
be clearly enough specified to make the issue moot.

There is still a possible issue with time precision; if I send you an
assertion with more precision than you can handle, your interpretation may
differ from what I intended. That said, it would be unwise of me to send out
assertions that are dependent on a point like this.

On today's call, we came up with the idea of saying "Send whatever precision
you want, but don't rely on the other end understanding any more than

 - irving -

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