REFEDS Assurance wg call

Monday 4 December 2017 at 15:00 CET/8:00 CST (30 min earlier than usual due to an adjacent Sirtfi call)
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David G


  • Single-factor authentication (SFA) profile and the related documents, Jule&Michael
    • There were concerns if the current approach is clear enough for the IdP admins – what documents needs to be read? Do OpenLDAP/AD deployers need to follow NIST 63b as well?
    • It was proposed to clarify the order of the docs:
      • If you have an AD/OpenLDAP deployment you need to follow the associated minimal requirements only
      • If you have some other product you’ll have some harder work ahead to read 63b but you can help us to develop a minimal requirements for your product
    • 63b section 8 on security threats has criteria that are not and cannot be done in the minimal practice docs (e.g. educating users against phishing) so the CSPs need to have other controls
    • what if someone uses a product whose configuration is similar to OpenLDAP but is not openLDAP. Find a wording that allows the minimal requirements to be applied to products with similar configuration (“or equivalent”).
    • how the rate limiting is addressed when there is actually a pool of LDAP servers? Clarify in the document (the pool is per server)

  • discussions on the mailing list
    • introduce a new “good-entropy MFA”?
      • ACAMP discussion demonstrated that many CSPs in the US say they can hardly even meet the REFEDS MFA. Better to take small step first and defer “good-entropy MFA” to the future.
    • drop authentication component from Cappuccino and Espresso?
      • no conclusion on this

  • next steps
    • public consultation for RAF, SFA, AD and OpenLDAP?
    • pilot?

  •  next call: 18th Dec at 15:30 CET/8:30 CST


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