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(Security Assertion Markup Language) Standard for single sign-on. SAML (pronounced 'sam-ul') defines the format of XML messages that applications can use to exchange information about network identities and access rights. Messages are passed over a secure HTTP connection, normally in SOAP format. The main benefit of SAML is 'single sign-on' (sometimes abbreviated to SSO), whereby a user's network identity and/or access rights can be passed from one web service or application to another without the user having to re-enter them each time.

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Useful Web resources:

OASIS Security Services TC
Homepage of the OASIS committee responsible for SAML, with links to official documentation.


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