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Student Authentication

  1. 1. What It Is How It Works Why You Should Care Scott Leslie WCET/BCcampus November 7, 2007
  2. 2. What is OpenID? <ul><li>“ De-centralised Single Sign-on for the Web which puts individuals in charge” 1 </li></ul><ul><li>“ OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites” 2 </li></ul><ul><li>1 Powell and Recordon, “OpenID: Decentralised Single Sign-on for the Web,” Last Viewed: Oct 30, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>2 OpenID “What is OpenID” Last Viewed: Oct 30, 2007 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Say what?
  4. 4. Let’s try a demo instead… <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 6. Some of OpenID’s benefits <ul><li>Users choose and can control their OpenID provider </li></ul><ul><li>De-centralized - no single server which every OpenID-enabled service or every user must register </li></ul><ul><li>Users authentication credentials are only stored one place </li></ul><ul><li>Usually an easy to remember URL (e.g. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Additional Benefits <ul><li>Uses only standard HTTP(S), does not require any special capabilities of the User-Agent or other client software. </li></ul>
  7. 8. What it is Not <ul><li>It does not try to provide trust or distributed authorization solutions </li></ul><ul><li>It will never be a replacement for current on-campus single sign on technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But maybe it will be a compliment </li></ul></ul>
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  9. 10. Ok, but why should I care?
  10. 11. OpenID Providers <ul><li>9 million users on </li></ul><ul><li>AOL - 63 million users got OpenIDs in one fell swoop </li></ul><ul><li>1 million+ smart card based OpenIDs issued in Estonia </li></ul><ul><li> – 34,000 Sun employee issued an OpenID </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft intend to integrate OpenID into Cardspace </li></ul>
  11. 12. OpenID Consumers <ul><li>Libraries which support it in app development frameworks like Ruby on Rails, Zend PHP, Django Python </li></ul><ul><li>100s of services & apps which support OpenIDs, cf. and </li></ul>
  12. 13. Right, but like I said, why should I care?
  13. 14. Avoid Becoming a Technology Ghetto
  14. 15. Respect Existing Online Identities
  15. 16. Give User Choice to Merge Campus Life and Online Life
  16. 17. Where is it going? <ul><li>OpenID 2 - differences? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing ‘phising’ issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interop with Identity Selectors like Cardspace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribute Exchange Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with Yadis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenID and SAML </li></ul><ul><li>User Centric Identity Interop tests </li></ul>
  17. 18. How Higher Ed can work with OpenID? <ul><li>Become an OpenID provider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cf. and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cf. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself – are there applications we provide which could use OpenID? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How about when they become alumni ? </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Further Reading <ul><li>Sam Ruby – “OpenID for non-SuperUsers” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Powell and Recordon - “OpenID: Decentralised Single Sign-on for the Web” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Thanks <ul><li>Feel free to contact me at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>