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Authorisation and identity mapping services for the Open Science Grid
by Markus Lorch, Dennis Kafura, Ian Fisk, Kate Keahey, Tim Freeman, Abhishek Singh Rana, Frank Würthwein
International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking (IJHPCN), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2008


Abstract: An attribute-based authorisation infrastructure developed for the Open Science Grid (OSG) is presented. The infrastructure integrates existing identity-mapping and group-membership services using concepts prototyped in the PRIMA system. Authorisation scenarios for requests to compute and data resources are detailed. A new SAML obligated authorisation decision statement is introduced that attaches an XACML obligation to the authorisation decision. The use of obligations enables site-centralised, service-independent policy management. Authorisation decisions are enforced via a Workspace Service that creates constrained execution environments configured in accordance with the obligations and other attribute-based information. Finally, an experimental PRIMA authorisation service that extends and simplifies the infrastructure is described.

Online publication date: Sun, 19-Oct-2008


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