Understanding WS-Federation


While WS-Trust provides the primitives for playing the token issuing game, WS-Federation builds on those capabilities and enables to describe the behavior of complex scenarios. Microsoft and IBM recently published a joint whitepaper, titled Understanding WS-Federation, which gives exhaustive descriptions of the specification in action on various notable situations. Namely, the paper really goes in fine details of how WS-Federation handles sing in and resource access management in two fairly realistic scenarios, about enterprise and healtcare (I suspect Roberto is behind the latter :-)). Both the passive and active case are considered. Besides fulfilling its obvious purpose of explaining how WS-Federation work, the paper is a great way of stimulate your thinking about the nuances that emerge in canonical (yet realistic) federation scenarios.


Don announces the paper and give some background here. Suggested reading! 🙂 


P.S.: I SO need to find a good synonym for “scenario”.

Comments (3)

  1. mgoodner says:

    Hey Vittorio, thanks for the link to the paper. You are right to suspect Roberto’s involvement in the healthcare scenario, he earned his acknowledgement on that one. 🙂

    Yes, I agree on the need for a synonymn for scenario. I’ll let you know if I ever think of a better one than use case.

  2. vivek singh says:

    great work sir ,i hope u continue to provide enlightment to the young developer

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