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WS-Federation (Web Services Federation) is an Identity Federation specification, developed by a group of companies: BEA Systems, BMC Software, CA Inc. (along with Layer 7 Technologies now a part of CA Inc.), IBM, Microsoft, Novell, and VeriSign.[1] Part of the larger Web Services Security framework, WS-Federation defines mechanisms for allowing disparate security realms to broker information on identities, identity attributes and authentication.


  • External links 1
  • Associated specifications 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

External links

  • WS-Federation 1.1 specification
  • Whitepaper: Understanding WS-Federation
  • Whitepaper: Federation of Identities in a Web Services world

Associated specifications

The following draft specifications are associated with WS-Security:

See also


  1. ^ Web Services Federation Language

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