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> From: UF Web types [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Mark Brackett
> Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 9:32 AM
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> Subject: Re: ASP .NET Example For OBTAIN PERSON LOAF
> My *understanding* is that Shibboleth only covers the logged in use
> - getting info for a another user would fall out if it's scope. Also,
> the info you get would be subject to the appropriate Attribute Release
> Policies, which may or may not be the same as your current Directory
This is true, Shibboleth only returns information about the logged in user,
you would need to use other internal connections to query other user info.
Otherwise you can certainly coordinate your Attribute Release Policies to
match your needs, assuming they are approved. I was going to respond
similarly to Joe initially, but then it did occur to me that Shibboleth
doesn't cover all the info that PERSON LOAF does. It's certainly feasible
to *use* Shibboleth to authenticate access to the PERSON LOAF info, but
that's not what the original question was.
> My *impression* is that Shibboleth @ UF has stalled - I haven't seen or
> heard anything new since the "Gatorlink Is Dead" presentation sometime
> last year (of course, I haven't been actively looking either).
Not true, though I'd agree that there could be more communication. I hadn't
heard much either, but I managed to ferret out the documentation, fill out
the appropriate forms, get approval for a couple of Service Providers, and
roll out my first Shibbolized application last week. The forms and
approval process were the most time consuming, once done the install and
configuration were pretty painless.
> As for simplifying - I suppose that's a matter of opinion. From my
> perusal of Shibboleth documentation, I personally wouldn't call
> /implementing/ it simple - though using it may be. It strikes me as a
> whole lot of complication surrounding federation - which we don't plan
> to make use of. Last I checked, there was no IIS7/managed code module
> either - while not necessary, my experience with open source ISAPI
> modules makes me wary of the unmanaged one (even though I haven't
> actually used it).
Implementation was simple other than the initial xml configuration file
setup was a bit inscrutable (mostly because I was implementing multiple
providers). Martin Smith over at CNS was able to walk me through it without
too much difficulty though. He indicated that they may be offering either
more assistance with that in the future, or providing pre-written XML
configurations for new implementers. Most of the federation complication
seems to be at the infrastructure level, which we don't have to deal with.
Good point about IIS7 though, I'm using IIS6 which is directly supported, so
I didn't notice the more problematic IIS7 support. I don't know if anyone
involved in supporting Shibboleth can speak to this.
> Either way, there are certainly uses for the DB2 Directory (at least,
> for my department) that have little or nothing to do with web
Yes, though I did want to chime in as an implementer and note that
Shibboleth is not *dead* or stalled, but just under publicized ;-).