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OPA for HTTP Authorization

Open Policy Agent[1] is a promising, light weight and very generic policy engine to govern authorization is any type of domain. I found this comparion[2] very attractive in evaluating OPA for a project I am currently working on, where they demonstrate how OPA can cater same functionality defined in RBAC, RBAC with Seperation of Duty, ABAC and XACML.  
Here are the steps to a brief demonstration of OPA used for HTTP API authorization based on the sample [3], taking it another level up.
Running OPA Server First we need to download OPA from [4], based on the operating system we are running on.  For linux, curl -L -o opa https://github.com/open-policy-agent/opa/releases/download/v0.10.3/opa_linux_amd64 Make it executable, chmod 755 ./opa Once done, we can start OPA policy engine as a server.
./opa run --server Define Data and Rules Next we need to load data and authorization rules to the server, so it can make decisions. OPA defines these in files in the format of .rego. Below is a sample …

Adding Custom Claims to the SAML Response - (How to Write a Custom Claim Handler for WSO2 Identity Server)

OverviewThe latest release of WSO2 Identity Server (version 5.0.0), is armed with an "application authentication framework" which provides lot of flexibility in authenticating users from various service providers who are using heterogeneous protocols. It has several extension points, which can be used to cater several customized requirements commonly found in enterprise systems. With this post, I am going to share the details on making use of one such extension point.

Functionality to be ExtendedWhen SAML Single Sign On is used in enterprise systems it is through the SAML Response that the relying party get to know whether the user is authenticated or not. At this point relying party is not aware of other attributes of the authenticated user which it may need for business and authorization purposes. To provide these attribute details for the relying party, SAML specification has allowed to send attributes as well in the SAML Response. WSO2 Identity Server supports this out of…

Leveraging federation capabilities of Identity Server for API gateway (First Webinar Conducted by Myself)

The first Webinar conducting experience for me happened on July 02nd 2014, with opportunity given  by WSO2 Lanka (pvt) Ltd, where I am currently employed. As always that was a great opportunity given by the company to me.
The Webinar was done to highlight the capabilities introduced with WSO2 IS 5.0.0, the First Enterprise Identity Bus, which is 100% free and open source. This Webinar, in detail discuss and demonstrate the power and value it adds when these capabilities of federation are leveraged in combination with WSO2 API Manager. 
Following are the slides used at the Webinar. 
The session went under following outline and you can watch the full recording of the session at WSO2 library, 'Leveraging federation capabilities of Identity Server for API gateway'.
Configuring WSO2 Identity Server as the OAuth2 key manager of the API ManagerIdentity federation capability of Identity Server 5.0How to connect existing IAM solution with API Manager through identity bridgeHow to expan…