Friday Sep 11, 2009

OpenSSO Tab Sweep - Sep 11 2009

Wow - it's been months since the last OpenSSO tab sweep. Anyway - here's a collection of the latest news from the world of OpenSSO:

Now I can close a few Firefox tabs and relax. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

New and Updated Policy Agents for OpenSSO

We released four new 'version 3.0' policy agents for OpenSSO today:

These join the existing version 3.0 policy agents for Sun Glassfish Enterprise Server (formerly known as Sun Java System Application Server) 8.x/9.x (documentation, download) and Oracle/BEA WebLogic Server/Portal 10 (documentation, download). While the 3.0 agents add centralized configuration and some other features, it's important to note that all of the version 2.2 agents are tested and supported with OpenSSO.

Thursday Dec 18, 2008

Finishing 2008 with OpenSSO's Java EE Policy Agents

I mentioned part 1 of 'Protecting Applications With Jave EE Policy Agents' at the beginning of this month; this week sees part 2, with Hua Cui joining Sean and Marina to give more detail on how to deploy OpenSSO's Java EE Policy Agents for single sign-on within a single DNS domain, configuring several sample Java EE Web applications and having OpenSSO provide single sign-on between them.

And, with that, I'm taking a break until 2009. It's been an amazing year for OpenSSO - we shipped our first Express release in July, and our first fully supported commercial release, OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0, in November. We've seen integrations with systems from ActivIdentity 4TRESS to YubiKey (YubiKey was the closest I could get to 'Z' ) and deployments from ACA/Telenet to Yota. Dang it! Isn't there anything OpenSSO-related that begins with 'Z'?

Meanwhile, on the community side, the number of registered project members has risen from about 550 at the start of 2008 to over 900 today, while the monthly traffic on the OpenSSO Users mailing list has gone up from around 200 messages a month to nearly a thousand. Even the IRC channel is buzzing now, with contributors from Minsk to Shanghai talking OpenSSO around the clock. If you haven't yet dipped your toes in the OpenSSO water, perhaps now's the time to get started?

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Policy Agents, SugarCRM, simpleSAMLphp and OpenSSO

A couple of great articles from Sun Developer Network over the past two weeks... First on the roster, Sean Brydon and Aravindan Ranganathan team up with the ever-present Marina Sum for a short series entitled 'Protecting Applications With Java EE Policy Agents'. Part 1:Basic Steps provides an excellent grounding in just what a policy agent does, and how to deploy and configure one with OpenSSO. Download the sample Java EE web application and work through the example that Sean and Aravindan present.

Next up, Thomas Varghese and Marina tackle Single Sign-On for SugarCRM Through a SAML-Based Integration of OpenSSO and simpleSAMLphp. Regular readers will know that I have a soft spot for simpleSAMLphp, since it evolved from the 'Lightbulb' SAML/PHP code that I wrote as a proof of concept many (Internet) years ago. Here, Thomas uses simpleSAMLphp as a lightweight bridge between the PHP-based SugarCRM and OpenSSO, showing how a fictitious SugarCRM hosting company provides single sign-on to its enterprise customers. In this context, simpleSAMLphp is effectively a PHP Fedlet, or perhaps the Fedlet is a Java simpleSAMLphp . Either way - go read all about it at SDN.

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