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WS-Federation (Web Services Federation) is an Identity Federation specification, developed by a group of companies: BEA Systems, BMC Software, CA Inc. (along with Layer 7 Technologies now a part of CA Inc.), IBM, Microsoft, Novell, HP Enterprise, and VeriSign. Part of the larger Web Services Security framework, WS-Federation defines mechanisms for allowing different security realms to broker information on identities, identity attributes and authentication.
The following draft specifications are associated with WS-Security:
- WS-Federation 1.2 specification
- Whitepaper: Understanding WS-Federation
- Whitepaper: Federation of Identities in a Web Services world
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