Speaking at RSA Conference on Friday Feb 9 2007

I’ll be speaking at the RSA Conference on Friday at 9am in Gold Room 310 on Federated SOA: Harmonizing ID Security and Web Services. I’ll be looking at the role of identity in Web services, from the very basics of transport-level security to the Liberty Alliance‘s Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF), and how these are realized in Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager. Do come along and say “Hi!”

You might also be interested in Eve Maler and Brett McDowell‘s session Federated Identity: Evolving Past Industry Strife – Eve and Brett will be talking about the Liberty Alliance’s current course and roadmap for the future.

Switch on SAML for PHP with Project Lightbulb

Marina Sum and I just published an article over on the Sun Developer Network (SDN) – Switch on SAML for PHP with Project Lightbulb. The article walks through some of the Project Lightbulb code, following the single sign-on process. If you want to work with the Lightbulb code, or you just want a better idea of how SAML 2.0 works, this article is for you.

As I mention in the conclusion, we’ll look at SAML 2.0 single logout and the circle-of-trust in a future article.

SSOCircle Goes Live

Hu Liu, a regular on the OpenSSO IRC channel (#opensso on freenode), has just launched SSOCircle – a SAML 2.0 identity provider (IdP), based on the Open Federation code (part of the OpenSSO project). Quoting from the home page, SSOCircle’s mission is:

  • Identity Provider for everyone
  • JumpStart SingleSignOn/Federation deployments
  • Leverage federation for Web 2.0 apps
  • Providing ready-to-use solutions
  • SAML 2.0 standard based testing platform
  • Exchange of information/experience
  • Building the SSOCircle of Trust

I just registered, logged in and tried out SAML 2.0 SSO with the sample service provider site (based on Sampo Kellomäki of SymlabsZXID) and it all works nicely. At last there is an easy to use, public site to play with SAML 2.0.

As soon as I get a chance I’m going to add SSOCircle as the default IdP in Lightbulb and write a how-to for getting your first service provider up and running.

Thanks, Hu, and best of luck!