Shibboleth access for resources on the National Grid Service (SARoNGS)

Xiao Dong Wang, Mike Jones, Jens Jensen, Andrew Richards, David Wallom, Tiejun Ma, Robert Frank, David Spence, Steven Young, Claire Devereux, Neil Geddes

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    Abstract

    The National Grid Service (NGS) provides access to compute and data resources for UK academics. Currently users are required to have an X.509 certificate from the UK e-Science Certification Authority (CA) or one of its international peers to access the NGS. The CA must satisfy the requirements for internationally agreed assurance levels and some users find the processes of obtaining and managing certificates difficult. Shibboleth, an implementation of federation identity-based authentication, has been widely deployed in academic environments in the UK. The SARoNGS project, was proposed to integrate the Shibboleth and X.509 based infrastructures, to deliver a production level service for accessing the NGS in a user-friendly way. This paper describes an architecture by which users are authenticated by the UK Access Management Federation to acquire low assurance credentials to access Grid resources on the NGS. Users can login to NGS resources via NGS Portal, using their local institution's authentication system. © 2009 Crown Copyright.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication5th International Conference on Information Assurance and Security, IAS 2009|Int. Conf. Inf. Assur. Secur., IAS
    Pages338-341
    Number of pages3
    Volume2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event5th International Conference on Information Assurance and Security, IAS 2009 - Xian
    Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on Information Assurance and Security, IAS 2009
    CityXian
    Period1/07/09 → …

    Keywords

    • Access control
    • Authentication
    • Authorization
    • Security
    • Shibboleth

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