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From a pile of IP addresses to a clear authentication and authorization with Shibboleth

Authors:

Bernd Oberknapp ,

Ato Ruppert,

Franck Borel,

Jochen Lienhard

Abstract

It is common practice today to use IP access control. This seems to be an easy-to-use method, but in fact there are a lot of questionable issues connected to it. A Shibboleth-based authentication and authorization infrastructure (AAI) offers a solution for these issues. For this reason the AAR project was begun in 2005 with the goal of building a Shibboleth infrastructure for both German higher education and research and for the Internet portal for scientific and scholarly information called vascoda. Within just two years, the project attracted a very high level of interest. This article describes how we built the Shibboleth infrastructure and it will show the current status of the DFN-AAI federation for German higher education and research.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/2228
How to Cite: Oberknapp, B., Ruppert, A., Borel, F. and Lienhard, J., 2009. From a pile of IP addresses to a clear authentication and authorization with Shibboleth. Serials, 22(1), pp.28–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/2228
Published on 03 Mar 2009.
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