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From JISC Standards Catalogue
- Identity and Access Management Standards
- Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between security domains, that is (commonly), between an identity provider and a service provider. SAML also defines functions to create and manage federated networks that combine and appropriately share pre-existing repositories of identity information.
- SAML is a product of the OASIS Security Services Technical Committee.
- SAML 1.0 was adopted as an OASIS standard in Nov 2002. SAML has undergone one minor (SAML 1.1) and one major revision (SAML 2.0) since V 1.0. SAML 2.0 was approved in March 2005.
- Endorsement and adoption of V 2.0 by open source projects (notably Shibboleth) and commercial vendors (e.g. Oracle, Nokia, RSA, Sun) should ensure relative maturity and stability.
- Risk Assessment
- Take-up Elsewhere
- Underlying standard of Shibboleth. Also adopted widely in commercial products - see (e.g.) , SC Magazine UK edition
- Further Information
- John Paschoud
- Date Created
- October 2005; Last updated: 6 October 2006