[OIDFSC] v.Next Core Protocol WG Charter

Dick Hardt dick.hardt at gmail.com
Tue May 25 02:12:56 UTC 2010

This is a formal submission to the OpenID Specs Council to approve the v.Next Core Protocol Working Group.

Changes to since the last draft are:

·       evaluate mechanisms for providing redundancy
·       depreciate redundant or unused mechanisms

-- Dick
(a)  Charter.

(i)                  WG name:  OpenID v.Next Core Protocol.
(ii)                  Purpose:  Produce a core protocol specification or family of specifications for OpenID v.Next that address the limitations and drawbacks present in OpenID 2.0 that limit OpenID’s applicability, adoption, usability, privacy, and security.  Specific goals are:
·       define core message flows and verification methods,
·       enable support for controlled release of attributes,
·        enable aggregation of attributes from multiple attribute sources,
·        enable attribute sources to provide verified attributes,
·        enable the sources of attributes to be verified,
·       enable support for a spectrum of clients, including passive clients per current usage, thin active clients, and active clients with OP functionality,
·       enable authentication to and use of attributes by non-browser applications,
·       enable optimized protocol flows combining authentication, attribute release, and resource authorization,
·       define profiles and support features intended to enable OpenID to be used at levels of assurance higher than NIST SP800-63 v2 level 1 ,
·       ensure the use of OpenID on mobile and other emerging devices,
·       ensure the use of OpenID on existing browsers with URL length restrictions,
·       define an extension mechanism for identified capabilities that are not in the core specification
 ·     evaluate the use of public key technology to enhance, security, scalability and performance,
·       evaluate inclusion of single sign out
·       evaluate mechanisms for providing redundancy
·       complement OAuth 2.0
·       minimize migration effort from OpenID 2.0
·       seamlessly integrate with and complement the other OpenID v.Next specifications.
·       depreciate redundant or unused mechanisms
 Compatibility with OpenID 2.0 is an explicit non-goal for this work.

(iii)                  Scope:  Produce a next generation OpenID core protocol specification or specifications, consistent with the purpose statement.
(iv)                  Proposed List of Specifications:  OpenID v.Next Core Protocol and possibly related specifications.
(v)                  Anticipated audience or users of the work:  Implementers of OpenID Providers, Relying Parties, Active Clients, and non-browser applications utilizing OpenID.
(vi)                  Language in which the WG will conduct business:  English.
(vii)                  Method of work:  E-mail discussions on the working group mailing list, working group conference calls, and face-to-face meetings at the Internet Identity Workshop and OpenID summits.
(viii)                  Basis for determining when the work of the WG is completed:  Work will not be deemed to be complete until there is a rough consensus that the resulting protocol specification or family of specifications fulfills the working group goals.  Additional proposed changes beyond that initial consensus will be evaluated on the basis of whether they increase or decrease consensus within the working group.  The work will be completed once it is apparent that rough consensus on the draft has been achieved and there are two working, interoperating implementations, consistent with the purpose and scope.
(b)  Background Information.

(i)                  Related work being done in other WGs or organizations:  OpenID Authentication 2.0 and related specifications, including Attribute Exchange (AX), Contract Exchange (CX), Provider Authentication Policy Extension (PAPE), Artifact Binding (AB) and the draft User Interface (UI) Extension.  OAuth 2.0, SAML 2.0 Core and SAML Authn Context.
(ii)                  Proposers:
Dick Hardt, dick.hardt at gmail.com (chair)

Michael B. Jones, mbj at microsoft.com

Breno de Medeiros, breno at google.com

Ashish Jain, Ashish.Jain at paypal.com

George Fletcher, gffletch at aol.com

John Bradley, ve7jtb at ve7jtb.com

Nat Sakimura, n-sakimura at nri.co.jp

Shade, sysadmin at shadowsinthegarden.com


 (iii)                  Anticipated Contributions:  None.

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