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SWITCH develops SOAP profile for XACML-SAML

The Swiss TeleCommunication System for Higher Education and Research; Teleinformatikdienste fuer Lehre und Forschung (SWITCH) has developed a SOAP Profile for XACML-SAML. This specification defines the use of these messages over the SAML 2 SOAP binding. The document is a working draft produced by SWITCH as a product of its work within the EGEE JRA 1 working group. It is based on the OASIS working draft of the SAML 2.0 Profile of XACML, Version 2.0. This document corrects and clarifies a significant number of items incorrectly specified in previous versions.

From the author's posting: "For part of some EGEE work that I'm involved in I came up with a profile, in draft form currently, for the XACML over SAML protocol defined within the OASIS XACML working group. The basic goal of the document is to restrict possible options into a baseline subset such that discreet implementations might inter-operate. I think Valerio [Venturi]'s summary of the document, as follows, is good:

  1. requirement for using the SAML SOAP binding as in SAMLBind;
  2. requirement for having mutual authentication between the requester and the responder;
  3. some requirements on the elements usage;
  4. requirements on authN, integrity and confidentiality.

Note this document is only about interoperability at the protocol level, it does not speak to the
other necessary item here which is a profile for the information (attributes) within the XACML request/response context."

EGEE (Enabling Grids for E-sciencE) brings together scientists and engineers from more than 240 institutions in 45 countries world-wide to provide a seamless Grid infrastructure for e-Science that is available to scientists 24 hours-a-day.

SWITCH represents the interests of Switzerland as a research centre in numerous bodies and its key role therefore makes an important contribution to the development and operation of the Internet in Switzerland.

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