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Paper ID: 1518

A case for Shibboleth and grid security: are we paranoid about identity?
Mark D P,Norman

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2006 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2006/
Page Numbers:281 - 289
Publisher: National e-Science Centre
Year: 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 0-9553988-0-0
Contributing Organisation(s):
Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2006/proceedings/papers/655.pdf

Abstract: The findings in this paper represent some of the output of the ESP-GRID project following the consultation of current grid users regarding the future nature of grid computing. The project found that there was a clear purpose for Shibboleth in a future grid and that, for the majority of users, this would be secure and improve their experience of grid computing. Client-based PKI remains suitable and desirable for Power Users and we must be careful of the means by which we mix these two access management technologies. PKI is currently used to define grid identities but these are problematically conflated with authorisation. The grid community should work harder to separate identity/authentication and authorisation.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2006


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