IETF logoDraft 08 of the JSON Web Token (JWT) specification has been published. It uses the -01 versions of the JOSE specifications and also contains these changes:

  • Removed language that required that a JWT must have three parts. Now the number of parts is explicitly dependent upon the representation of the underlying JWS or JWE.
  • Moved the “alg”:”none” definition to the JWS spec.
  • Registered the application/jwt MIME Media Type.
  • Clarified that the order of the creation and validation steps is not significant in cases where there are no dependencies between the inputs and outputs of the steps.
  • Corrected the Magic Signatures and Simple Web Token (SWT) references.

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