[security-dev] PicketLink SCIM Module

Shane Bryzak sbryzak at redhat.com
Tue May 21 04:22:06 EDT 2013

I've been reviewing the capabilities of the SCIM module (which are 
defined by the SCIM specification [1]) and someone correct me if I'm 
wrong, but it only seems to provide a subset of the features that we 
support in PicketLink.  Specifically missing are authentication, and 
support for the extended relationship types (basically everything 
besides group membership).  I'm wondering if it might be worth providing 
a PicketLink REST module instead, which would provide two sets of 
RESTful services; the first being a SCIM-compliant service, the second 
being a more proprietary service that exposes all of the capabilities of 

On top of this, I think it would be of huge benefit to provide both Java 
and JavaScript clients to consume both services.  Anil has already 
implemented a Java-based SCIM client in the SCIM module, but imagine if 
we provided PicketLink JavaScript scripts that web application 
developers could drop into their app - this would be a huge development 
time saver.  I'm also thinking that the JavaScript clients should 
support a variety of authentication mechanisms; BASIC, DIGEST, X509, 
user/password, OAuth, etc.  This is kind of uncharted territory for me 
(REST-based auth) so any feedback or opinions on this would be appreciated.


[1] http://www.simplecloud.info/specs/draft-scim-api-01.html
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