UK federation news
Service desk closure for Winter break
Posted on Thursday, 8 December 2016
As always, the UK federation service desk takes an extended break over Christmas and New Year. This means that the helpdesk will be unavailable from 11:00 on Friday 23rd December and will re-open at 10:00 on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. If you submit a request to email@example.com during these dates, your email will be logged, but we won't be able to respond until we return in January.
UK federation metadata will be re-published automatically over the holiday period so, whilst we will not make changes to UK federation-registered entities, there may be changes due to entities imported via eduGAIN.
Posted on Sunday, 4 December 2016
This week we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the UK federation, which has grown from a pilot project between Edinburgh University and Janet to the Service that Jisc provides today, with over a thousand members and reaching users and services in almost 40 countries. On the anniversary it seemed apt to update you on some developments which are occurring with the UK federation.
Research and Scholarship entity category policy for UK federation Service Providers
Posted on Monday, 28 November 2016
About the Research and Scholarship (R&S) Category
Candidates for the Research and Scholarship (R&S) Category are Service Providers that are operated for the purpose of supporting research and scholarship interaction, collaboration or management, at least in part. Example Service Providers may include (but are not limited to) collaborative tools and services such as wikis, blogs, project and grant management tools that require some personal information about users to work effectively. This Entity Category should not be used for access to licensed content such as e-journals. More information can be found here: https://refeds.org/category/research-and-scholarship
Shib IdP v3 security & v3.3 release
Posted on Monday, 14 November 2016
A security advisory  has been released for the Shibboleth v3 Identity Provider that involves deployments using the Result Cache feature of the LDAP Data Connector - the issue could result in data associated with one user being substituted for another. Also, a new version of the Shibboleth IdP (v3.3.0) has been released which, amongst various improvements and new features, fixes this issue. read more...