BEER - Bucket of End Entities Registry

Summary

BEER is envisioned as a lightweight, global registrar for SAML Metadata representing both SAML and non-SAML endpoints (eg OpenID, IMI). It is intended as a quick activity to catalyze easier international use of federated identity. The service is not intended to be a replacement for federation or inter-federation, but is intended to be a tool supporting such activities. The service is intended to be operational Jan 2011. It may be operated by an interim operator and move to a permanent home if the service is seen as useful.

Glossary

Term

Explanation

Metadata Registry

A SAML metadata curation service

Registrant

An entity registrering SAML metadata in a metadata registry

Consumer

An entity consuming SAML metadata

Domain owner

An entity which has administrative control of a DNS domain and/or URL

Service Description

BEER ("the service" in what follows) will accept registration of SAML metadata by registrant who is the domain owner of the domain associated with the SAML metadata entityID hostname. The service will perform schema validation on registered metadata. The service will make registered metadata available to consumers equally, unfiltered and unrestricted.

The service will not impose restrictions on the type of metadata registered but may perform schema validation based on a controlled set of technologies including SAML 2.0 Interoperable Metadata Profile, OpenID and IMI along will a set of widely deployed extensions.

The service will minimally support managing key rollover and will probably support updating organization name and contact information.

The level of assurance of the entities registered in the system is based on demonstrated ownership of the domain. Consumers of the metadata are expected to understand this.

The service is not intended to address the privacy aspects of services represented by registered metadata. Consumers of metadata are expected to address privacy considerations including management of attribute release policies.

Registrants must be aware that they are making their metadata available for publication without constraint and that registered metadata will be publicly available to all consumers. Federations that use the systtem may well constrain what information they import.

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