Kerberos Consortium has been launched by MIT. “We forsee a day when Kerberos-based authentication and authorization will be as ubiquitous as TCP/IP-based networking itself.” Here is the overview slide show
Their FAQ speaks to collaboration with active efforts
So, how does the MIT Kerberos Consortium fit in with things like the Liberty Alliance?
“We believe there is significant opportunity to work with Liberty and other SAML based formats. One area in which Liberty and Kerberos can work together is that Kerberos could carry SAML assertions to provide authorization information. Another way in which these technologies can work together is that Kerberos can be used as a mechanism to obtain SAML assertions. Ultimately, this work will allow Liberty to be used in client-server environments where Kerberos works best today and to allow Kerberos to take advantage of the expressive power of SAML and Liberty. This is one of the many projects where the initial designs have been sketched out but where work cannot proceed without the additional funding provided by the consortium.”
How about Open ID? Where does that fit in?
“There is a similar story for Open ID. Last year there was initial discussion between MIT and those involved in Open ID to confirm that there was mutual interest and ways we could work together. However, again, absent the consortium there is insufficient resources within MIT to realize this cooperation.”
I hope that folks from the new consortia comes to the Internet Identity Workshop December 3-5 in Mountain View. This is where we talk about how we can all get along in a big circle :).
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