Enterprise Mission Tailored OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect Profiles

February 2020
Topics: Information Security, Information Security Architecture
Beth S. Abramowitz, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Kelley W. Burgin, The MITRE Corporation
Tommy Farinelli, The MITRE Corporation
Neil C. McNab, The MITRE Corporation
Michael Peck, The MITRE Corporation
Mark L. Russell, The MITRE Corporation
Roger J. Westman, The MITRE Corporation
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The OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect standards are used ubiquitously across the Internet for delegated authorization and federated authentication. However, the base specifications alone are insufficient for enterprise adoption due to numerous optional requirements, undefined behaviors, and issues that have been identified since their publication, hindering security and interoperability.

These profiles detail how to use the standards in a more secure and interoperable manner to address enterprise environment use cases by levying requirements upon OAuth clients (also known as OpenID Connect relying parties), OAuth authorization servers (also known as OpenID Connect identity providers), and OAuth protected resources.

Use cases include:

  • user authorization delegation to a web application.
  • user authorization delegation to a native application.
  • user authentication to a web application.

The profiles assume the presence of an available Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and make use of the PKI to bolster cyber assurance by enabling strong user authentication, strong OAuth client authentication, and protection against use of lost or stolen OAuth access tokens.

The profiles leverage protocol extensions, profiles, and other work by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)'s OAuth Working Group and the OpenID Foundation's International Government Assurance Profile (iGov) Working Group and Financial-grade API (FAPI) Working Group.

Please note, we will be working with the standards bodies to move these concepts forward. These current profiles should be considered as informational as we seek additional feedback from subject matter experts throughout the community. We welcome your comments and suggestions at OAuthOIDCProfiles@groups.mitre.org.

Note: To retrieve the Enterprise Mission Tailored OAuth 2.0 Profile document, please use the "Download PDF" button above. 

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