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Liberty Alliance Announces Interoperability of Identity Products

Liberty Alliance Announces Products from CA, Entr'ouvert, Ericsson, HP, NTT, NTT Software, and Symlabs Pass Interoperability Testing

Liberty Alliance, Paris, France. January 16, 2007.

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that products from CA, Entr'ouvert, Ericsson, HP, NTT, NTT Software and Symlabs have passed Liberty Alliance testing. With today's testing results, nearly 80 identity products and solutions from vendors around the world have now passed Liberty Alliance testing for SAML 2.0, Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services.

"Interoperability of identity products and solutions is key to the successful and wide scale deployment of federation, Web services, SOAs and social networking applications," said Roger Sullivan, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Oracle Identity Management. "Vendors passing Liberty Alliance interoperability testing offer their customers assurances that products can interoperate from day-one and deliver real business value over the long-term."

Today's news marks the first time Liberty Alliance has tested vendors for interoperability of ID-WSF 2.0, the latest version of Liberty Web Services specifications which was released as final in October 2006. ID-WSF 2.0 includes Liberty People Service, the industry's first open Web services framework that allows consumers and enterprise users in any market segment to manage applications such as calendars, blogs, e-mail, instant messaging and photo sharing in a secure, privacy-respecting and trusted federated social network.

Liberty Interoperable products are deployed extensively by governments and businesses worldwide. Organizations can trust that products that have passed Liberty Alliance testing will deploy quickly and can immediately interoperate with other Liberty-enabled technologies. A snapshot of organizations deploying Liberty's open and proven interoperable identity standards is available at:

A list of all identity products that have passed Liberty Alliance interoperability testing is available at:

During testing held in France the week of December 4, 2006, the products and services listed below demonstrated interoperability with one or more of the following standards, Liberty Federation, which consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0, and Liberty Web Services, which consists of ID-WSF 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and Liberty People Service specifications.



CA SiteMinder 6.0 SP5 Federation Security Services (SiteMinder FSS) provides robust identity federation capabilities that enable organizations to easily interconnect with partners. By supporting a comprehensive set of federation specifications combined with broad Web access management capabilities, SiteMinder FSS provides a flexible federation platform that enables customers to quickly capitalize on new business opportunities while minimizing IT costs.


Lasso 2.0 is a Free Software C library, GNU GPL licensed. It works on GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and other UNIX systems and has complete language bindings for C, C++, ColdFusion, Java, Perl, PHP and Python. Lasso is built on top of standard and powerful libraries (libxml2, XML Security Library, Open SSL) and supports extremely important workload. Lasso implements ID-FF, ID-WSF and SAML 2.0 protocols. It is used by the French Administration and major worldwide companies. It supports strong authentication with the absolute respect of user privacy.


Ericsson Identity Management EIM 1.0 is the user identity platform for service delivery that enables new business roles for the operators. EIC1.0 (Ericsson Identity Controller) is the product in EIM 1.0 solution that implements the Identity Provider functionality, as described in OASIS SAML v2.0, and so provides the ability to federate user identities internally between the user databases of different divisions of the operator as well as external content and service providers for the exchange of identity information.


HP Select Federation Software offers SAML 2.0, SAML 1.1, SAML 1.0, Liberty ID-FF 1.2, Liberty ID-FF 1.1 and WS-Federation support. HP Select Federation Software enables the comprehensive cross-enterprise SSO and sharing of identity details; greatly reduced effort to seamlessly integrate services and partnerships; rapid and low cost deployments through concurrent support of all the major federation standards; enhanced privacy and compliance through integrated privacy and end-to-end audit management capabilities; and opt-in user privacy control to help meet personal, corporate and regulatory privacy requirements.


I-dLive is NTT's identity information sharing module, which implements an identity service platform for subscribers of new broadband network services provided by NTT group companies. A new version of I-dLive has just achieved certification for ID-WSF 2.0 including People Service, and SAML 2.0 OASIS Standard.

NTT Software

TrustBind Federation Manager (1.0) delivers a complete, high-performance, carrier-grade SAML 2.0 solution in the form of a Java component module. With support for multiple OSs and middleware platforms, TrustBind allows for fast and inexpensive deployments.


Symlabs Federated Identity Access Manager (FIAM) v3.1 is a complete Federated Identity solution conforming to SAML 2.0 and Liberty ID-WSF 2.0. Including simultaneous support for earlier versions and WS-Federation, FIAM provides a multi-protocol, multi-version identity management environment that enables a seamless on-line customer experience without compromising a company's control of identity and privacy requirements. A family of modules tailored to applications such as Telco or Medical and deployments like Identity Provider or Personal Profile ensure a perfect fit. For example, Symlabs FIAM People Service (PS), is a ready-to-deploy Liberty PS Web Services Provider that delivers cross-principal online interactions for a variety of scenarios, from consumers sharing personal content to businesses creating powerful role-based identity applications, all with full respect for privacy.

Liberty's next testing event will offer participants a variety of new testing capabilities and services. Liberty Alliance recently announced that it has selected Drummond Group (DGI) to manage and enhance the Liberty Interoperable program on a global basis in order to meet growing industry demand for identity products that have proven to interoperate across the widest possible range of deployment scenarios. The relationship with Drummond Group adds, among other services, full matrix and global Internet-based testing capabilities to the Liberty Interoperable program.

About Liberty Alliance

Liberty Alliance is a global identity consortium with a membership base that includes technology vendors, consumer service providers and educational and government organizations working together to build a more trusted Internet by addressing the technology, business and privacy aspects of digital identity management. The Liberty Alliance Management Board consists of representatives from AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, HP, Intel, Novell, NTT, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. The Liberty Interoperable program is designed to test vendor products for true interoperability of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services specifications. The program is open to both Liberty member and non-member organizations. More information about Liberty Alliance testing is available at:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: (1) "Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization"; (2) "Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)."

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