Proposal to create the OpenID OAuth Hybrid Working Group

David Recordon drecordon at
Wed Nov 5 17:43:12 UTC 2008

I see this as being really needed and quite a bunch of work has  
already gone into the doc.  I'm wondering if it would be better to  
write a Scope which describes the work and list the current draft as  
an Anticipated Contribution rather than just saw that the Scope is to  
standardize that document.


On Nov 3, 2008, at 2:33 AM, Yariv Adan wrote:

>  In accordance with the OpenID Foundation IPR policies and  
> procedures< >  
> this note proposes the formation of a new working group chartered to  
> produce an OpenID specification.
> As per Section 4.1 of the Policies, the specifics of the proposed  
> working group are:
> Background Information:
> OpenID has always been focused on how to enable user-authentication  
> within the browser.  Over the last year, OAuth has been developed to  
> allow authorization either from within a browser, desktop software,  
> or mobile devices.  Obviously there has been interest in using  
> OpenID and OAuth together allowing a user to share their identity as  
> well as grant a Relying Party access to an OAuth protected resource  
> in a single step.  A small group of people have been working on  
> developing an extension to OpenID which makes this possible in a  
> collaborative fashion within  This  
> small project includes a draft spec and Open Source implementations  
> which the proposers would like to finalize within the OpenID  
> Foundation.
> Working Group Name:
> OpenID OAuth Hybrid Working Group
> Purpose:
> Produce a standard OpenID extension to the OpenID Authentication  
> protocol that provides a mechanism to embed an OAuth approval  
> request into an OpenID authentication request to permit combined  
> user approval. The extension addresses the use case where the OpenID  
> Provider and OAuth Service Provider are the same service. To provide  
> good user experience, it is important to present a combined  
> authentication and authorization screen for the two protocols.
> Scope:
> Standardize the draft Hybrid Protocol ( 
> ) as an official OpenID Extension describing how to combine an  
> OpenID authentication request with the approval of an OAuth request  
> token.
> Anticipated Contributions:
> Draft specification referenced above and various text contributions  
> as more developers implement it.
> Proposed List of Specifications:
> OpenID OAuth Extension 1.0. Spec completion by Q4 2008.
> Anticipated audience or users of the work:
>  - OpenID Providers and Relying Parties
>  - OAuth Consumers and Service Providers
>  - Implementers of OpenID Providers and Relying Parties
> Language in which the WG will conduct business:
> English.
> Method of work:
> E-mail discussions on the working group mailing list and working  
> group conference calls.
> Basis for determining when the work of the WG is completed:
> The work will be completed once it is apparent that maximal  
> consensus on the protocol proposal has been achieved within the  
> working group, consistent with the purpose and scope.
> Proposers:
>  - Ben Laurie, benl at, Google
>  - Breno de Medeiros, breno at, Google
>  - David Recordon, drecordon at, Six Apart
>  - Dirk Balfanz, balfanz at, Google
>  - Joseph Smarr, jsmarr at, Plaxo
>  - Yariv Adan, yariv at, Google
>  - Allen Tom, atom at , Yahoo
>  - Josh Hoyt, josh at , JanRain
> Initial Editors:
>  - Dirk Balfanz, balfanz at, Google
>  - Breno de Medeiros, breno at, Google
> -- 
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