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security assertion markup language (SAML)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s): Definition(s):

  An XML-based security specification developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for exchanging authentication (and authorization) information between trusted entities over the Internet. See [SAML].
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-63-2 under Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML) [Superseded]

  A protocol consisting of XML-based request and response message formats for exchanging security information, expressed in the form of assertions about subjects, between on-line business partners.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015

  A framework for exchanging authentication and authorization information. Security typically involves checking the credentials presented by a party for authentication and authorization. SAML standardizes the representation of these credentials in an XML format called assertions, enhancing the interoperability between disparate applications.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-95 under Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) (Glossary for the OASIS Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) V2.0)