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Metadata Signing

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 I wonder if the signing section of the profile should bot use a more
formal language, like this borrowed from Ian, modified and used in the
Aggregation Statement document:

In order to assure metadata integrity and originality, each federation
aggregate MUST be signed as specified in [Metadata for the OASIS
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) V2.0]. This signature made
with the key matching the one supplied to the eduGAIN OT is the only
element on which trust is based. In particular the eduGAIN aggregator
does not use trust that might be derived from an https endpoint details.

Metadata signature verification is done against the public key alone. If
the public key for the channel is supplied in the form of an X.509
certificate, other aspects of the certificate such as its expiry date do
not form part of signature verification. This is in accordance with the
SAML metadata interoperability profile. In particular an expired
certificate will still be used for the verification purpose.

Tomasz W 
Metadata Signing
Include the following:

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- The signature was made using an explicit ID reference, not an empty
- The signature reference refers to the document element.
- The signature's digest algorithm is at least as strong as SHA-256.
Specifically, MD5 and SHA-1 are not permitted as digest algorithms.
- The signature's signature method is RSA with an associated digest at
least as strong as SHA-256. Specifically, MD5 and SHA-1 are not
permitted as digest algorithms.
- The signature's transforms contain only permissible values:
-- Enveloped signature
-- Exclusive canonicalisation with or without comments

Tomasz W
Terms (Entity)Replace exchanged by published in the following sentence:
"In this document, an Entity refers to an entity’s metadata that a Participant Federation has exchanged through eduGAIN."
Thomas L
Terms (Home Organisation)

Replace: "The organisation with which the end users are affiliated."
with: "The organisation with which an end user is affiliated."

Thomas L
Terms (eduGAIN Policy Framework)

Typo: SAML Profil  -> SAML Profile

Thomas L
Terms (SAML V2.0)Replace: "Security Markup Language"
with "Security Assertion Markup Language"
Thomas L
Terms (SAML Metadata)Sort this term before SAML Metadata Producer.Thomas L
Terms (SAML Metadata)This requirement should not be hidden in the Terms, but move to '3 Metadata Production":
"Valid SAML Metadata MUST meet the requirements defined in the SAML Metadata Specification [SAMLMeta] including [SAMLMetaErrata]."
Thomas L
Terms (Metadata Registration Practice Statement (MRPS))Drop the second sentence "Every eduGAIN Member Federation must publish an MRPS.". This requirement is alreaedy included in 2 Metadata Registration on line 60. Thomas L
line 65The reference for [REFEDS-MDRPS] is missing.Thomas L
line 84The referene for [SAMLCore] is missing.Thomas L
line 88The reference for [MDRPI] is missing.Thomas L
line 90The reference for [MDUI] is missing.Thomas L
line 103-104Drop "other values in the service's native languages for the elements where appropriate." since it is already mentioned on lines 127-128.Thomas L
A general remarkThe current eduGAIN policy is supposed to be technology agnostic, from which it follows that the requirement for the presentation of the federation policy at the moment of joining may be fairly lax. At the moment of enabling a given profile, we should probably require additional documents like a profile-specific part of the federation policy, this should perhaps be mentioned as a required document in the SAML profile?Tomasz W
Metadata registrationI find this somewhat misleading. Other sections of the document refer mostly to how the federation aggregate is produced, signed etc. This section mentions the internal document of a federation which describes how the entities make their way to the federation itself. While I fully support the need to have the registration statement requirement, I would see this particular as an element of something bigger. I would suggest that this section speaks about elements that need to be registered with the OT and which are now mentioned in several places, like the signing key, the registartionAuthority value, the metadata location. This section should state that this information needs to be passed to the OT in a trust preserving way, I would not however specify what this means, this might be specified in the Operations document.Tomasz W
General questions

1. The aim of this profile seems to be to improve interop among entities in different federations by means of definng common practices by fed ops and edugain ops. Interop issues can sometimes result from different filtering policies implemented by different federations when they consume edugain metadata. Examples include federation-specific standards for end point scheme (HTTP vs HTTPS) and minimum key length (1024 vs 2048+). Is this profile the right place at which to define eduGain-wide standards for such things? If so, is this the right time to consider doing so in these two instances?

2. Members of federations are advised by their federations' operators to check the signature of their federation metadata to verify its authenticity and integrity. Does eduGain do likewise in the process of aggregating member federations' metadata for redistribution? If not, should it, and if it does not but should, is this profile the right place in which to address that requirement?

Tom Barton
Line 111

 line 111 change SHOULD to MUST

Chris Phillips
Key rollover

Chris/CAF: No additions specific to key rollover but a request for improved operational state information on the website

No specifics to key rollover but it would be useful to have a way to render a time difference for publishing time on the eduGAIN OT website.  

Many federations exhibit latency on republishing stemming from operational practices and offline signing techniques. It would be helpful to know in a dashboard fashion the following:

  • Last update of
  • And per federation last known update of eduGAIN data and time difference since MDS publishing.

This will go a long way in managing expectations of when to expect data to circulate beyond '24-48hrs'. I suggest a simple table view of flag and age difference from MDS so we may know how far we all drift from each other republishing data from the eduGAIN MDS 'creation date'. While this could exist in the 'twisty list' for each federation,  one visual dashboard page of observed latency would be more helpful in this regard.

Chris Phillips

regex scopes should be permitted and eduGAIN should ensure scopes do not collide when accepting aggregates from Members (see longer notes)

Chris Phillips
ECP and logout

They MAY exist and should be strongly encouraged with 'SHOULD'.  'MUST' would be very hard to do but having 'SHOULD' will keep parity to these features across multiple technologies like OIDC and moonshot. See below for more on this.

Chris Phillips
BCP recommendations
  • Recommended attributes and mapping across the given attribute profiles
  • Vocabulary
  • Unique identifier practices
  • Entity categories (or mapping within given technology profile to exhibit it)
  • Consistent application of scope within the technology profiles
  • Security characteristics such as position on logout
Chris Phillips

Remove requirement for the element md:Organization etc OrganizationURL to have values in English (xml:lang="en"): Some Organisations simply do not have English language web sites and it's beyond our control to mandate one. (Though arguably that falls under the kind of exception allowed by "SHOULD".)

Peter Schober

Remove requirement for MDUI description for IdPs - there is nothing useful to add here/recommendation (and the matching check in the eduGAIN validator) for the element mdui:Description for entities of role IDP. (1) Often nothing useful can be put there (values like "IDP of Organisation Foo" are semantically void) and (2) I don't know of any software that makes use of that element.

Peter Schober


eduGAIN SAML Profile Review - the Long Read