OASIS Security Services TC
Hal Lockhart, BEA Systems, Inc.
Brian Campbell, Ping Identity Corporation
Scott Cantor, Internet2
Declared XML Namespaces(s):
This profile defines new XML attributes useful in extending the <saml:Attribute> element to communicate additional information about SAML attributes, their origin, rules for handling them, or any other kind of "meta-information" deemed interesting.
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1 Introduction 5
1.1 Notation 5
1.2 Normative References 5
2 SAML V2.0 Attribute Extensions 7
2.1 Required Information 7
2.2 Profile Overview 7
2.3 OriginalIssuer 7
2.3.1 Example 7
2.4 LastModified 7
2.4.1 Example 8
3 Conformance 9
3.0.1 SAML V2.0 Attribute Extensions 9
Appendix A. Acknowledgements 10
Appendix B. Revision History 11
Attribute extensions consist of XML attributes defined for inclusion in the various "attribute-extensible" elements in the SAML schema, as noted in section 7 of the SAML V2.0 core specification [SAML2Core].
This specification defines XML attributes for use within the <saml:Attribute> element to carry additional "meta-information" about a SAML attribute to a relying party. Such information is always considered optional and does not modify any of the normative processing rules defined by [SAML2Core].
This specification uses normative text.
The keywords "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this specification are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119]:
…they MUST only be used where it is actually required for interoperation or to limit behavior which has potential for causing harm (e.g., limiting retransmissions)…
These keywords are thus capitalized when used to unambiguously specify requirements over protocol and application features and behavior that affect the interoperability and security of implementations. When these words are not capitalized, they are meant in their natural-language sense.
Conventional XML namespace prefixes are used throughout the listings in this specification to stand for their respective namespaces as follows, whether or not a namespace declaration is present in the example:
This is the SAML V2.0 assertion namespace defined in the SAML V2.0 core specification [SAML2Core].
This is the namespace defined by this document and its accompanying schema [AttrExt-xsd].
This namespace is defined in the W3C XML Schema specification [Schema1]. In schema listings, this is the default namespace and no prefix is shown.
This is the XML Schema namespace for schema-related markup that appears in XML instances [Schema1].
This specification uses the following typographical conventions in text: <SAMLElement>, <ns:ForeignElement>, Attribute, Datatype, OtherCode.
[AttrExt-xsd] OASIS Committee Draft 01, “SAML V2.0 Attribute Extension Schema”, December 2008. http://docs.oasis-open.org/security/saml/Post2.0/sstc-saml-attribute-ext.xsd
[RFC2119] S. Bradner. Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels. IETF RFC 2119, March 1997. http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt.
[SAML2Core] OASIS Standard, Assertions and Protocols for the OASIS Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) V2.0. March 2005. http://docs.oasis-open.org/security/saml/v2.0/saml-core-2.0-os.pdf.
[Schema1] H. S. Thompson et al. XML Schema Part 1: Structures. World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation, May 2001. See http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xmlschema-1-20010502/. Note that this specification normatively references [Schema2], listed below.
[Schema2] Paul V. Biron, Ashok Malhotra. XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes. World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation, May 2001. See http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xmlschema-2-20010502/.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Given below.
This profile defines a set of optional XML attribute extensions that may appear in the <saml:Attribute> element to standardize the delivery of information found useful to SAML-enabled applications. As with all SAML extensions, these attributes are non-critical in nature, with no mandatory processing rules or intended impact on existing software or deployments.
Unless otherwise specified, these extension attributes should be understood to be composable, both with other extensions, and with any SAML profiles that make use of SAML attributes.
The OriginalIssuer XML attribute identifies the entity that originally issued the containing SAML attribute and its values. It is analagous to the <saml:Issuer> element found in a SAML assertion, and allows the source of an attribute to be maintained for informational purposes across proxies/gateways, or in XML constructs other than SAML assertions.
The value of this attribute MUST be an entity identifier, per section 8.3.6 of [SAML2Core].
The following schema fragment defines the OriginalIssuer attribute:
The example below shows a SAML attribute with an OriginalIssuer extension.
The LastModified XML attribute indicates the date and time at which the containing SAML attribute's values were last modified, generally based on information kept at the attribute's ultimate source. See section 1.3.3 of [SAML2Core] for applicable rules on the use of date and time information in SAML constructs.
The following schema fragment defines the LastModified attribute:
The example below shows a SAML attribute with the LastModified extension.
An asserting party can claim to support an extension attribute if it provides a means to include the XML attribute in the <saml:Attribute> information that it asserts.
A relying party can claim to support an extension attribute simply by demonstrating the ability to successfully process a <saml:Attribute> element that contains the XML attribute. Successful processing MAY consist of no changes to a relying party's behavior.
The editors would like to acknowledge the contributions of the OASIS Security Services Technical Committee, whose voting members at the time of publication were:
George Fletcher, AOL
Rob Philpott, EMC Corporation
John Bradley, Individual
Jeff Hodges, Individual
Scott Cantor, Internet2
Nate Klingenstein, Internet2
Bob Morgan, Internet2
Eric Tiffany, Liberty Alliance Project
Tom Scavo, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Frederick Hirsch, Nokia Corporation
Srinath Godavarthi, Nortel Networks Limited
Paul Madsen, NTT Corporation
Ari Kermaier, Oracle Corporation
Hal Lockhart, Oracle Corporation
Brian Campbell, Ping Identity Corporation
Anil Saldhana, Red Hat
Kent Spaulding, Skyworth TTG Holdings Limited
Eve Maler, Sun Microsystems
Emily Xu, Sun Microsystems
Duane DeCouteau, Veterans Health Administration
David Staggs, Veterans Health Administration
Draft 02, clarifed language in a couple of places.
Committee Draft 01, CD edits.
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