Security standard gains OASIS approval

Thursday, 7 November 2002, 1:11 PM EST

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) on Wednesday formally approved a standard security protocol that is likely to become the building block for integrating corporate user access control systems over the Internet.

The protocol also is seen as a cornerstone for building a security infrastructure to support emerging Web services.

After nearly two years of work, OASIS stamped the Security Assertion Markup Language 1.0 as an official Open Standard, the group.s highest level of ratification.

SAML 1.0 is an XML-based framework for exchanging authentication and authorization credentials over the Web. The protocol incorporates other XML-based standard protocols, including XML Signature, XML Encryption, and the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

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