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OSIS Interop Event 2, Barcelona, October 23, 2007

Overview of OSIS

Summary of OSIS goals from the [draft OSIS Project Plan]

  • Provide a forum for implementors (as opposed to standards developers etc.) of parts of the internet-scale identity layer to coordinate making their respective parts work together; the internet-scale identity layer is only possible if as many parts as possible are interoperating. This includes identifying and discussing issues, and resolving conflicts.
  • Operate the necessary infrastructure to do so, including wikis and mailing lists, teleconference calls and in-person meetings as needed.
  • Collect, document and make broadly available a knowledge repository including best practices for the implementation of such parts and interfaces, the different protocols available, and vendor support of these.
  • Develop, collect, document, and make broadly available test suites and test sites that can be used as references for developers and implementors.
  • Identify, collect, and make work identity interoperability use cases.
  • Identify business/customer needs, articulate them publicly and use them as the driver for business-relevant use cases.
  • Define “interoperability profiles” of one or more identity standards in order to accomplish particular interoperability use cases that developers can test towards and customers can compare.
  • Conduct additional interoperability events, broadening the scope from WS-* to OpenID and other protocols.

Structure, Process, Roadmap and Deliverables

This interop event should have a name. This document proposes the working title of "OSIS I2 Barcelona", although something like "Barcelona Bakeoff" or, perhaps, a humorous name would work as well. We should agree on a final name by the DIDW meeting (see below).

This page will summarize the goals of the I2-Barcelona interop profiles. In particular there is a section that will describe or link to user scenarios and business value of the identity systems. These can be high-level descriptions that give a sense of how the specific interop profiles are of value to people and businesses. Specific interop profiles should be able to be tested by implementations. An implementation should be able to objectively state that it supports a profile.

To structure project interactions there will be three matrices: one for Relying Party implementations, one for Identity Providers, and one for Identity Selectors. Each page should specify an interop marc manoff profile for each row (with a link to detailed information about the profile). The columns will indicate implementations and current status for each profile. The detailed information about each profile -- likely a page in this wiki -- should include information about reference sites that can be used to test an implementation's support (when possible).

Roadmap and deliverables:

Complete first phase by Sept 24:

  • decide on interop profile group name, (print t-shirts ;-) )
  • complete user scenarios
  • complete set of interop profiles

OSIS meeting at [Digital Identity World conference], Sept 24-26

  • working meeting to debug implementations and profiles
  • gather status and plan for Barcelona

Concluding event at the [Burton Catalyst conference] in Barcelona, Oct 22-25.

By Oct 30 each project is asked to complete an interop profile set report that can aid in planning for the next one.

  • what worked and didn't work in the event structure
  • specify profiles supported
  • suggested areas to focus on for the next Interop Scenario Group

Coordination and Development for this interop profile group is intended to be in line with the [OSIS communications plan]. Communication and coordination is encouraged to be public.

  • the main communications channel is via the [I2-Barcelona mailing list]
  • discussion also happens at the DIDW meeting listed above.
  • conference calls for the overall OSIS working group are announced on the [OSIS general mailing list]. They are currently weekly, Monday noon Pacific time.

User Scenarios and Interop Goals

Note that this section is (so far) very incomplete and will be developed by the OSIS working group until the milestone listed above. This section will be statement of user and business goals -- something like "themes" for the profile set.

Refined Information Card Protocol Support

  • determine best practices for handling incompletely specified interactions in token formats and encoding
  • error handling and abuse cases
  • more token types

Component Packaging

  • platform coverage
  • installation instructions and support
  • co-existence and clean uninstallation

Identity System Integration Points

Interop Component Types

Relying Party Profiles and Participants

See Relying Party Profiles and Participants

Identity Provider Interop Profiles

See Identity Provider Profiles and Participants

Identity Selector Interop Profiles

See Identity Selector Profiles and Participants

OpenID Provider Interop Profiles

See OpenID Provider Profiles and Participants

OpenID Relying Party Profiles and Participants

See OpenID Relying Party Profiles and Participants


See Barcelona Interop Results

Unresolved and Unplaced Profile Issues

Not sure what to do with these. Many of them are good goals, and perhaps should go in the goals section. Some seem to be more profilish but it is often not clear (to me) how they can be stated such that they are implementable in an objectively measurable manner. Some are just insufficiently specified.

  • Some RPs required installation of a certificate on the Identity Selector machine.
  • Certificate path validation is handled in a variety of ways by RPs; some RPs experience serious performance problems due to path validation.
  • Introduction behavior is not well-specified; when an RP encounters a token from a previously unseen IDP which is not in an administered trust list, no standard behavior is defined. Most RP failure modes provide little information to an administrator who might want to add the IDP to a trust list.
  • Using EV Certificates requires complicated configuration.
  • When self-issued cards are used, time synchronization between the client machine running the Identity Selector and the RP server can cause failures. Since client machines are less carefully administered than IDP and RP servers, this may prove to be a difficult issue.
  • WS‑Trust 1.3, WS‑Policy 1.5, WS‑SecurityPolicy 1.3, WS‑Addressing 2005, SOAP 1.2, etc.
  • Cell Phone Based IdP
  • Transport Bindings, +Symmetric + Asymmetric Key Bindings
  • CardSpace compatible PPID, Friendly PPID, and SS‑Key Gen

Participants and Contact Information

Each participant should list a link to more project information and contacts, any download locations, and endpoints to be used for testing.

Project Name Endpoint Contact Info Logo Present in Barcelona
VeriSign PiP Roxana Bradescu contact me yes / not staying in conference hotel
CA SiteMinder RP Jeff Broberg No, however other CA individuals will be there.
Bandit Trac RP Duane Buss tbd No, however other Bandit Project members will be there.
Bandit WordPress RP Tom Doman No, however other Bandit Project members will be there.
Bandit IdP Bandit Wag IdP Daniel Sanders tbd No, however other Bandit Project members will be there.
Bandit IdP Bandit Cards IdP Daniel Sanders tbd No, however other Bandit Project members will be there.
Ping Identity https://labs.pingidentity.com Ashish Jain tbd No
Higgins Web-based Selector Charles Andres Markus Sabadello contact us Yes; not staying in Conference Hotel
Higgins Higgins RP Bruce Rich Tony Nadalin tbd Yes
Higgins Higgins IdP Mike McIntosh Tony Nadalin tbd Yes
Higgins Eclipse-based Selector Tony Nadalin tbd Yes
IBM IBM IDP Shane Weeden, Tony Nadalin Tony, yes.
IBM IBM RP Shane Weeden, Tony Nadalin tbd Tony, yes.
FuGen FuGen RP, FuGen IdP Vijay Simha, Lena Kannappan tbd No, but we will have representation.
JanRain MyOpenID IdP, OpenID Implementations Josh Hoyt, Kevin Fox n/a No
Microsoft Numerous Mike Jones, Vijay Rajagopalan, Samuel Devasahayam, Steven Woodward - feedback to fedid@microsoft.com tbd yes No, but we will have representation.
Pamela Project PW Wordpress RP Pamela Dingle (first name AT nulli DOT com) tbd no
Siemens AG DirX Access Wolfgang Roth logo yes
WSO2 Identity Solution WSO2 Identity Solution IdP Ruchith Fernando Dumindu Pallewela logo yes, Paul Fremantle
WSO2 Identity Solution RP Apache2 Module (mod_cspace) Ruchith Fernando Dumindu Pallewela tbd yes, Paul Fremantle
WSO2 Identity Solution Java RP Ruchith Fernando Dumindu Pallewela tbd yes, Paul Fremantle
OpenSSO TBD Gerald Beuchelt beuchelt at sun.com logo Yes: Mrudul Uchil, Sun Microsystems
Oracle RP Oracle Photoshare Application Ramana Turlapati Eric Lam Andrew Maywah http://oracleimg.com/admin/images/ocom/hp/oralogo_small.gif No

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