[WG-UMA] Draft minutes of UMA telecon 2011-01-06

Eve Maler eve at xmlgrrl.com
Thu Jan 6 14:23:26 EST 2011

As of 6 Jan 2011 (pre-meeting), quorum is 8 of 15.

Adams, Trent
Mohammed, Alam
Battersby, Paul
Bryan, Paul
Catalano, Domenico
D'Agostino, Salvatore
Machulak, Maciej
Maler, Eve
Moren, Lukasz
Morrow, Susan
Scholz, Christian
Wolniak, Maciej

Kevin Cox
Mark Lizar
Cordny Nederkoorn
Frank Wray
New AI summary
2011-01-06-1	Paul Bryan, Sal	Open	Come up with a recommendation for using or fixing JWT to solve the requester authentication/correlation problem in Step 3.
2011-01-06-2	Eve	Open	Set up conformance focus call with at least Cordny and Frank.
2011-01-06-3	Eve	Open	Revise the rreg spec according to the 2011-01-06 discussion.
2011-01-06-4	Susan	Open	Write draft UMA trust model. (With Rainer?)
2011-01-06-5	Paul Bryan	Open	Draft scoped-access multiple-tokens email.
2011-01-06-6	Eve	Open	Set up scoped-access call for Wednesday, 2011-01-12.
2011-01-06-7	Eve	Open	Create new websequencediagrams.com diagrams for the UMA protocol flow.
Roll call
Quorum reached.

Paul Battersby is with Avoco Secure, which has recently entered the identity and information cards arena.

Maciej Wolniak has recently joined NCL. He has previously experience with corporate identity websites.

Eve is joining a new company on Jan 14; she plans to continue in her role as "chief UMAnitarian", but continues to welcome active participation and contributions by others, and her time may be more limited while she figures out the new parameters.

The original charter for this group anticipated a 18-24 month life cycle for incubating end-to-end complete draft specs, and February will be the early part of that range. We seem to be on track.

Approve minutes of 2010-12-22 meeting
Minutes of 2010-12-22 meeting APPROVED.

Action item review
2010-11-18-4	Eve	Open	Capture new user stories in the wiki.
2010-12-16-3	Maciej	Open	Recommend a course of action on the resource registration "list all" functions. Now OBE.
2010-12-22-1	Eve	Closed	Revise rreg and scoped-access specs to reflect 2010-12-22 discussion.
JSON token usage
In the 2010-12-16 meeting, we outlined three ways a JSON web token (JWT, pronounced "jot") could be used. The first way is to allow local token validation in step 3. Paul Bryan is dubious that the token could routinely contain enough information that could avoid the need for a host-AM back-channel conversation at run time. Perhaps we shouldn't try and solve for local token validation in the short term, since the simplest possible mechanism is to have the host naively ask for the whole job to be done by the AM. But we still want to leverage token-signing so that we can more gracefully solve the requester authentication/correlation problem ("Is the party who supplied the token the same party that was originally given the token?")

Trusted claims
Domenico is working on a new scenario for tclaims, which is "enterprise-class". It involves a financial institution registering a user and providing access control restrictions to its consumer-level services based on receiving trusted claims from the user. This could potentially use JWT in the third sense. Let's plan on spending the final half-hour of the next call on this topic.

Conformance precision
A subteam consisting of Eve, Cordny, and Frank will meet ad hoc and do an etherpad conformance language exercise.

Review rreg and scoped access
The first new idea is that instead of registering actions, the host would publish action descriptions and simply point to them in its resource set descriptions. The AM would then have a responsibility to retrieve the action information before displaying policy options to the user. Our assumption is that actions are:

Global to the host (or maybe even global on a wider scale)
Relatively small in number
Relatively stable over time
Could we say that the AM has to re-retrieve any actions whenever the resource set description is changed and respect the cache expiration constraints placed on the action description web resource by the host? If the host changes the description of an action, caching would dictate when the change propagates. If the host adds a new action, it would be responsible for updating any relevant resource set descriptions anyway.

Do we want to consider aggregating all the action descriptions into a single file? For now, let's not. Each action description should have a unique URI reference in some fashion.

The second new idea is that we think we have a way to solve the problem of conveying to the AM, through the requester, which user's resource set is being asked for. This relates to the scoped access solution.

The authorizing user has an account on the host; call it 12345 at host. The same user has an account on the AM; call it ABCDE at AM. When the user introduces the host to the AM, the host's resulting access token represents a link between the two accounts. Thus, when the host registers a resource set description and ID at an AM, the AM is capable of inferring which user the resource set belongs to. It's a good idea, though not strictly required, for the host to make resource set IDs unique across its entire user base. We should make this "RECOMMENDED" (though not "STRONGLY", since there's no major risk involved). We think this is not only nice and clean, but also privacy-preserving, since there is no exposure even of a pseudonym for the particular user involved.

We need to evaluate the security risks of exposing the host's OAuth client ID and the user's resource set ID to the requester prior to the requester having won an access token. (This distinction of "before/after the requester access token is issued" is significant for figuring out our security model and trust model; Susan, take note!) An OAuth client ID is not typically flaunted, so it feels unacceptable to require that this piece of information be shared at any stage.

Should we indeed go back to the idea of having the host register a temporary referral at the AM every time it's in the position of refusing a requester until it gets the right kind of token? And how do we handle the situation where the same requester wants access to different resource sets at the same host? Do they simply collect multiple tokens over time, and then keep a mapping of token-to-resource set internally?

Next Meetings
WG telecon on Thursday, 13 Jan 2011, at 9-10:30am PT (time chart)
WG telecon on Thursday, 20 Jan 2011, at 9-10:30am PT (time chart) – regrets from Eve; can Maciej chair?
WG telecon on Thursday, 27 Jan 2011, at 9-10:30am PT (time chart)

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