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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2013, 2(1), 109-121; doi:10.3390/jsan2010109

User and Machine Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure for Distributed Wireless Sensor Network Testbeds

Institute of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Universität Bern, Neubrückstrasse 10, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Received: 24 December 2012 / Revised: 12 February 2013 / Accepted: 17 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
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Abstract

The intention of an authentication and authorization infrastructure (AAI) is to simplify and unify access to different web resources. With a single login, a user can access web applications at multiple organizations. The Shibboleth authentication and authorization infrastructure is a standards-based, open source software package for web single sign-on (SSO) across or within organizational boundaries. It allows service providers to make fine-grained authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources. The Shibboleth system is a widely used AAI, but only supports protection of browser-based web resources. We have implemented a Shibboleth AAI extension to protect web services using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). Besides user authentication for browser-based web resources, this extension also provides user and machine authentication for web service-based resources. Although implemented for a Shibboleth AAI, the architecture can be easily adapted to other AAIs.
Keywords: authentication; authorization; wireless sensor networks; experimentation; testbeds authentication; authorization; wireless sensor networks; experimentation; testbeds
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Anwander, M.; Braun, T.; Hurni, P.; Staub, T.; Wagenknecht, G. User and Machine Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure for Distributed Wireless Sensor Network Testbeds. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2013, 2, 109-121.

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