Federated Authorization

In this article the authors present the results and future activities of a task aimed at investigating solutions in the field of authorization within federated envirnoments. The general idea is to extend federated identities from the management of user authentication to include also authorization. To support these activities, Grouper has been embraced as a central solution for managing user groups and attributes. This article, in particular, will explore the general scenario for federated authentication and will also drive some conclusions about how a group and attribute solution could be introduced into existing federations. In the article, a very brief description of the use-cases will be presented. This use-cases taken into consideration will drive the research activities ongoing and will prove the effectiveness of the solution described and implemented.

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