[Openid-specs-ab] Unifying the Front-Channel and Back-Channel Logout Session ID semantics

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Thu Apr 7 22:20:16 UTC 2016


One of the things blocking us from taking the Front-Channel and Back-Channel logout specs to Implementer's Draft status is that they currently use the Session ID ("sid" claim) differently.  The Front-Channel spec expects "sid" to be globally unique.  The Back-Channel spec only expects it to be unique in the context of an IdP - just like "sub" is.

In talking with John and Nat and William at IETF 95, we discussed the possibility of unifying the definitions by changing the Front-Channel usage to match the Back-Channel usage.  In the case when logging out only one session at an RP using the front-channel spec, this would necessitate adding an additional "iss" (issuer) parameter to the logout request, so that it would become:
              logout_uri?iss=issuer&sid=session
In the simple case, one could still use only:
              logout_uri
without any parameters if it is OK to log out all sessions at the RP.

Are people OK with this change?  It could provide us a way forward to bring both the Front-Channel and Back-Channel specifications to Implementer's Draft status.

                                                          -- Mike

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