Notes: Assurance Call of Feb. 12, 2014
Ann West, Internet2
Karen Harrington, VA Tech
Scott Koranda, Spherical Cow Consulting
Benn Oshrin, Spherical Cow Consulting
David Walker, Internet2
FICAM 2.0 and Impact on InCommon Assurance Program
FICAM has released a 2.0 version of the spec.
Trust framework providers, such as InCommon, have 6 months to comply with the new FICAM spec. There are discussions underway to determine the impact of FICAM 2.0 to the InCommon Assurance program and the community. An important question is: what are the service providers FICAM will be working with first? The Veterans Admin is a big one. InCommon is aware that many campuses don't want their faculty and staff to leverage their campus credentials to interact w consumer based services like the VA. They want to use their campus credentials for grant submissions and teaching resources or for interactions with the Dept of Ed. InCommon is hoping to find out from FICAM, what is the ETA for the services that are more related to higher ed? The answers to these questions will help the AAC determine how to support FICAM 2.0.
There is interest in our community in exploring/pursuing assurance for research and in developing a community profile to address research needs. There has also been a request for a community profile that is more multifactor oriented. The hope is to address the needs of those SPs that are of interest to the InCommon community and the needs of the IDPs for good practices. The AAC seeks to grow the trust level of the InCommon federation in a logical way.
Q: Scott: has the AAC had input from Steering or TAC on the amount of effort to continue to put into FICAM?
A: Ann: InCommon TAC has been working on priorities and has passed along its recommendations to Steering. TAC wants to make assurance relevant to the community as a whole. One approach is to set a baseline set of practices for the community, to bring up the trust level. This can potentially address the fact that the current POP (Participant Operational Practices) document does not provide sufficient transparency to help SPs and IdPs fully understand the identity practices in effect.
Q: Scott: If new profiles are developed for HE and Research will there be a chance to help influence Federated Incident Response in the profiles from the beginning?
A: The first step is requirements gathering. Eventually yes, there will be the chance to provide input
AD Assurance Update
The comment period for the AD Assurance work closed at the end of January. The comments that were received have resulted in some tweaks to the document. Soon there should be an announcement of publication of the 2014 version of the AD Assurance Cookbook.
Multi Context Broker
David reported that the Multi Context Broker (MCB) code (version 1.0) is ready and a community announcement will be coming soon.
David has developed documentation that introduces concepts and why a site may be interested in the MCB. Community input on the MCB is welcome. The Shib users list will be used for questions and comments on the MCB. The code is stored on GitHub and an issue tracker will be used for tracking bugs. A roadmap will be developed for next steps, such as to track if additional authentication modules may be needed. It will also be important to understanding what needs to be done to integrate into Shib V3 when it comes out.
Failed Authentication Counter
Berkeley was interested in counting failed authentication as a way of looking at pas ward entropy and reset policies for the bronze and/or silver profiles.
There was the straw man posted to spaces wiki
Looked using a SYSLOG to export to a central accumulator
Which would put relevant events in a simple database table
Which a monitor could pull
And send an email or
Cut off an assurance qualifier
Thought we Could do reporting out from credential stores using existing technology and aggregating results w existing technology
But the monitor was the big gap
Brett from U Nebraska Lincoln had a similar system that he demoed at Idnetity week
The news is that Berkeley has signed a contract w Unicon to build out this monitor
It will be open source under the BSD ? license
Developmetn will be open in that we have a GITHUB ? Where the code will be placed as developed
Will be using internal issue tracker for project management purpose but it will be world readable
Docuemntation is internal
Need to make that more accessible
The development is about to kick off
So code should be going out soon
A couple of months before we have reasonably full featured project
But moving along
Still to be Determined where final home of the project will be
Benn can talk about what the monitor will be capable of
Or at least what is scoped into the SOW
Ann is interested in that
Not that much
The aggregator writes failed auth events to a database that logs the subject, the time, and IP address and a service
The monitor periodically queries this
Periodically is TBD
There will be thresholds with actions fired off at a given threshold
So after 10K events, email this address
Actions are e-mail to the subject,
Or to an arbitrary email address
Notify the security team
Or cut a ticket to an issue tracking system
End goal is ability to stop asserting an IAQ for someone
Have ability to add or remove somebody to a group (such as Grouper)
Berkeley will track IAQs in one or more Grouper groups
Where removing somebody from the group would effectively remove them from LDAP
Expiring credentials directly is another potential action
Or send a message (in JSON?) to an endpoint
Updating LDAP directly rather than going through a group store
Fire off the appropriate actions and record history that it did that
There would be an API into it for user level and Admin operations , such as obtaining current counts for a user
That could be tied into the user identity portal, so you can put a report out for when the user logs in
Need integration w credential management apps to reset the counter
Obtaining and setting thresholds.
Configured via a database
Configuration options would be set via a UI, possibly after the 1.0 release
Benn will send links to the Assurance list as portions are released publicly
Ann: Benn could also put info on the Assurance wiki, the straw man and the requirements document are in the wiki already
Karen, add anything?
Nothing , thanks for asking though
Scott, nothing to add
David, general comments, I have now linked the draft documentation page into the project status pDi