[Openid-specs-ab] WGLC for the Migration spec. towards the implementer's draft

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 15:34:59 UTC 2014

So, the reason to do the discovery on the OpenID 2.0 Identifier is to
detect an attacker setting up an OpenID Connect OP that returns an ID Token
with the openid2_id of the victim to impersonate him.

We discussed at the F2F at ForgeRock back in March about it and generally
agreed that returning a public key from the openid2_id would mitigate the
issue, and thus I wrote it that way.

Obviously, returning jwks_uri or iss would do the job though it will
require progressively more requests.
When I wrote the draft, I opted for the least requests option.
Having pointed out by Justin, though, if you think of it, perhaps it does
not involve more requests at all.
It may not even involve the keys: if the iss returned by the openid2_id
machies that of the ID Token,
it may just suffice as a "light weight" verification. In this case, which
do we want to return?

Case 1)

  HTTP/1.1 200 OK
  Content-Type: application/json



Case 2)

  HTTP/1.1 200 OK
  Content-Type: application/jrd+json

   "subject": "https://example.com/joe",
      "rel": "http://openid.net/specs/connect/1.0/issuer",
      "href": "https://server.example.com"

FYI, I prefer Case 1), because all the response to the openid2_id can
return the same thing, and simple,
but that is only my own opinion.

Now, there is one issue that are common to all three options.
Many OpenID 2.0 Identifiers are not https but http.
This means that the response may be tampered.
Do we want to take care of it?
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that http openid2_id and https
openid2_id points to the same person.
So, a simple replacement of the scheme does not work in principle.
We may mandate it for the Migration spec support, but I do not know if that
is feasible at all.

Any opinion?


2014-07-28 8:56 GMT-04:00 Richer, Justin P. <jricher at mitre.org>:

>  I'm not seeing the purpose in returning the JWK set from the OpenID 2
> identifier URI, especially if the client is supposed to be doing regular
> OIDC to validate the ID Token anyway (and will therefore fetch the issuer's
> jwks_uri). Can you please explain to me what this step is supposed to be
> accomplishing?
>  Is the idea that the client would be able to verify that the claimed
> OpenID 2 identifier actually points to the given issuer, basically
> completing the round-trip verification? If that's the case, then wouldn't
> it make more sense to return the OpenID Connect issuer from the OpenID 2
> discovery steps? Then from the issuer you can determine the key, just like
> normal. This would allow for a forward-looking discovery launching point
> ("all I have is this OpenID 2.0 URI, what's the OpenID Connect process to
> start here?") well as a backward-looking verification for the claim.
>   -- Justin
>  On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:35 AM, Nat Sakimura <sakimura at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Actually, the OpenID 2.0 Identifier URL returns JWK Set. It should
> probably be more explicit than to say  application/jwk-set+json.
>  Good point about reutrning jwk_uri instead of the JWK Set.
> The downside is that you have to make two calls, but it is only once per
> RP/OpenID 2.0 Identifier pair, so it probably is OK.
>  What do others think?
>  Nat
> 2014-07-26 11:52 GMT-04:00 Torsten Lodderstedt <torsten at lodderstedt.net>:
>> Hi Nat,
>> I just read the spec (for the first time) and think the concept is
>> generally sound. I'm wondering a bit about the way the client obtains the
>> OP's public key. The GET request on the OpenID 2.0 Identifier URL directly
>> returns the JWK. I would suggest to just return the jwk_uri, in the same
>> way openid connect discovery does it. This way this GET request is static
>> (even with key rotation in place) and the OP can reuse the existing
>> functionality to publish its public keys (including support for multiple
>> keys in case of rotation).
>> What do you think?
>> kind regards,
>> Torsten.
>> Am 26.07.2014 07:44, schrieb Nat Sakimura:
>>  Thanks to Edmund Jay, the examples are now fixed.
>> This is to initiate the WG Last Call.
>> Please review the document and file issues if there are within a week.
>> Once all the issues are resolved, we will go to the implementer's draft
>> public review period for 45 days.
>>  Nat
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