Musings on Digital Identity

Month: April 2011

JSON Web Key (JWK) Specification

I’ve posted the JSON Web Key (JWK) specification for representing public keys as JSON objects based on the decisions made at the last IIW. The introduction to the spec reads:

A JSON Web Key (JWK) is a JSON data structure that represents a set of public keys as a JSON object. The JWK format is used to represent bare keys; representing certificate chains is an explicit non-goal of this specification. JSON Web Keys are referenced in JSON Web Signatures (JWSs) using the jku (JSON Key URL) header parameter.

An example from the spec is:


     "modulus": "0vx7agoebGcQSuuPiLJXZptN9nndrQmbXEps2aiAFbWhM78LhWx4cbbfAAtVT86zwu1RK7aPFFxuhDR1L6tSoc_BJECPebWKRXjBZCiFV4n3oknjhMstn64tZ_2W-5JsGY4Hc5n9yBXArwl93lqt7_RN5w6Cf0h4QyQ5v-65YGjQR0_FDW2QvzqY368QQMicAtaSqzs8KJZgnYb9c7d0zgdAZHzu6qMQvRL5hajrn1n91CbOpbISD08qNLyrdkt-bFTWhAI4vMQFh6WeZu0fM4lFd2NcRwr3XPksINHaQ-G_xBniIqbw0Ls1jF44-csFCur-kEgU8awapJzKnqDKgw",

The specification is available at these locations:

I also updated the description of the JSON Web Signature (JWS) header parameter “jku” (JSON Key URL) to reference the JWK spec in draft -02.

The Emerging JSON-Based Identity Protocol Suite

W3C  logoMy submission to the W3C Workshop on Identity in the Browser discusses The Emerging JSON-Based Identity Protocol Suite. The abstract is:

A new set of open identity protocols is emerging that utilizes JSON data representations and simple REST-based communication patterns. These protocols and data formats are intentionally designed to be easy to use in browsers and modern web development environments.

I hope you’ll find it worthwhile reading. I’m looking forward to discussing it with many of you at the workshop!

AD FS 2.0 Interop Step-By-Step Guide: IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager

Microsoft has published the fifth in a series of step-by-step guides on configuring AD FS 2.0 to interoperate with partner products. This guide describes how to configure AD FS 2.0 and IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager to federate using the SAML 2.0 protocol. The guide is available in HTML format and soon also Word and PDF. Thanks again to author Dave Martinez for making this series a reality!

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