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Subject: Re: [security-services] Proposal made to WSFED TC involving SAMLmetadata

On Aug 5, 2008, at 4:52 PM, Scott Cantor wrote:

>> Don Schmidt sent the message below to the WSFED TC last Friday;  
>> it's a
>> proposal for referencing/profiling the SAML Entit[y|ies]Descriptor
> metadata
>> constructs for usage with WS-Federation.  I believe Scott Cantor has
>> reviewed the proposal, and Emily Xu and I also had a look (perhaps  
>> others
> on
>> the SSTC have as well?).
> Yes, I've seen a few iterations of it, and have discussed some of the
> alternative schema formulations with Don. There are always multiple  
> ways of
> doing things, and I think the principal need from the SSTC (apart  
> from vocal
> support) is feedback as to how best to achieve WS-Federation goals  
> while
> also making life easy for existing implementations.

Agreed on all points, including the vocal support!

>> Can we spend a few moments on the next SSTC call
>> discussing ways to ensure that the SAML metadata spec is fully  
>> prepared
> for
>> this kind of referencing, and any related harmonization issues/ 
>> comments?
> My feedback to Don has been that there are some relatively minor  
> errata to
> SAML2Meta that would be useful to clarify the intent for reuse of some
> existing constructs, some of which have already been reused by both  
> official
> and unofficial profiles, one of which is an OASIS standard [1].
> Any objections that I could imagine, which are non-technical, have  
> already
> been trumped by our own past extension work.
> -- Scott
> [1] http://wiki.oasis-open.org/security/SstcSaml1xMetadata

Cool.  So hopefully we can chat about this on the 12th, and again, if  
anyone's interested in roping Don into that conversation, I'm happy to  
invite him.


Eve Maler                                         +1 425 947 4522
Principal Engineer                            eve.maler @ sun.com
Business Alliances group                    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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