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Attributes in Helmholtz AAI

Consumed Attributes from identity providers (IdP)

The Helmholtz AAI consumes only a small set of attributes from identity providers. The attributes, that are generally requested are those specified in the => REFEDS Research and Scholarship entity category. If the identity provider releases those attributes, the login for users works out of the box.

In addition, the assurance of the user will be described, using the => REFEDS Assurance Framework.

REFEDS Research and Scholarship

Also called R and S, or R&S.

You should read the original link (it’s not long). In short, R&S makes sure that the identiy provider will release these attributes.

  • Mandatory:

    • shared user identifier

      • eduPersonPrincipalName (if non-reassigned)
      • eduPersonPrincipalName + eduPersonTargetedID
    • person name either (or both) of the following:

      • displayName
      • givenName + sn
    • email address:

      • email
  • Optional:

    • affiliation
      • eduPersonScopedAffiliation

Provided Attributes from the Helmholtz AAI

Please note, that the service MUST only request attributes that are necessary for running it. Anything in addition is a violation to the GDPR and may have legal consequences. User will see which attributes are going to be released to the service.

SAML:

Name Format
common name urn:oid:2.5.4.3
email urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3
eduPersonUniqueId urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.13
eduPersonScopedAffiliation urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.9
eduPersonPrincipalName urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.6
givenName urn:oid:2.5.4.42
sn urn:oid:2.5.4.4
eduPersonEntitlement urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.7

OAuth2/OIDC:

scope Attribute
openid
email email, email_verified
profile name, eduperson_entitlement, given_name, family_name, preferred_username
credentials ssh_key, preferred_username
eduperson_scoped_affiliation eduperson_scoped_affiliation
eduperson_entitlement eduperson_entitlement
eduperson_principal_name eduperson_principal_name
eduperson_unique_id eduperson_unique_id
eduperson_assurance eduperson_assurance
display_name display_name
sn sn
single-logout

Unique identifier in Helmholtz AAI:

The Helmholtz identifier offers an unique identifier for every user, which allows to connect the accounts of the user on different services. This is released as eduPersonUniqueId (SAML: urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.13 / OIDC: eduperson_unique_id). This ID is created by the Helmholtz AAI itself. The Helmholtz AAI does not reuse some identifier from the centres Identity providers for several reasons:

  • Email is no identifier because it is not unique across time and will be reused if a user left the organisation
  • eduPersonPrincipalName is no good identifier because centres may use the email address as eduPersonUniqueId too.
  • Sent identifiers by centres are not used because some centres does not sent persistent identifiers but transient identifiers. Those are only unique for user, identity provider and service provider. If a user logs into two different services the IDs, released to this services, are not equal.

In case of SAML the identifier is the first part of the eduPersonUniqueId. In case of the OAuth/OIDC the eduPersonUniqueId is sub(without dashes)@iss.

Group membership information:

The Helmholtz AAI releases group membership information according to AARC-G002 guideline. The information is released as eduPersonEntitlement in the following format:

<NAMESPACE>:group:GROUPNAME[:SUBGROUPNAME]#<AUTHORITY>

The first part, inclusive the namespace, is the unique name of the group information. The authority displays which provider accounted the user to the group. Group membership information may be granted by different authorities. The user can review the group memberships of groups which are managed within the Helmholtz AAI in their profile in the home endpoint. In this case only the GROUPNAME is displayed. The created eduPersonEntitlement values are released together with information, received during the login with the centres identity provider.

Resource capability information:

The Helmholtz AAI releases resource capability information according to AARC-G027 guideline. The information is released as eduPersonEntitlement in the following format:

<NAMESPACE>:res:RESOURCENAME[:PERMISSION]#<AUTHORITY>

The first part, including the namespace, is the unique name of the resources where capabilities are granted. The authority displays which provider granted the permission to use the resource. Resource capabilities may be granted by different authorities. The created eduPersonEntitlement values are released together with information, received during the login with the centres identity provider.

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