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[PR] 15-day Public Review for SAML 2.0 Profile of XACML, Version 2.0

The OASIS eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC [1] members have produced an updated Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 15-day public review:

SAML 2.0 Profile of XACML, Version 2.0
Committee Specification Draft 04 / Public Review Draft 03
22 September 2011

Specification Overview:
This specification defines a profile for the integration of the OASIS Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Version 2.0 with all versions of XACML. SAML 2.0 complements XACML functionality in many ways, so a number of somewhat independent functions are described in this profile:

1) use of SAML 2.0 Attribute Assertions with XACML, including the use of SAML Attribute Assertions in a SOAP Header to convey Attributes that can be consumed by an XACML PDP,
2) use of SAML to carry XACML authorization decisions, authorization decision queries, and authorization decision responses,
3)use of SAML to carry XACML policies, policy queries, and policy query responses,
4) use of XACML authorization decisions or policies as Advice in SAML Assertions, and
5) use of XACML responses in SAML Assertions as authorization tokens.

Particular implementations may provide only a subset of these functions.

TC Description:
The XACML Technical Committee defines a core XML schema for representing authorization and entitlement policies.

Public Review Period:
The public review starts Friday, 14 October 2011 and ends 29 October 2011. The specification was previously submitted for a 30-day public review on 7 May 2010 [2]. This 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review.

Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF file included in the release package.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

The complete package of the prose specification document and related files are available in the ZIP distribution file at:

Additional information about the specification and the OASIS eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC may be found at the TC’s public home page located at:

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be accessed via the button labeled “Send A Comment” at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:

Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is publicly archived and can be viewed at:

All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of SAML 2.0 Profile of XACML, Version 2.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [3] applicable especially [4] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member’s patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC’s work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC

[2] Previous public reviews
30-day public review, 7 May 2010:
60-day public review, 21 May 2009:


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