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Overview

The AttributeInMetadata type is a Matcher which filters results based which filters results based on <md:RequestedAttribute> elements within the request-indicated <md:AttributeConsumingService> in the SP's metadata. The parameterization controls

  • Whether the <md:RequestedAttribute> naming is applied directly or inferred from a rudimentary algorithm based on the IdP's attribute encoding rules (attributeName and attributeNameFormat)
  • The behavior when the metadata contains no <md:RequestedAttribute> elements (via matchIfMetadataSilent)
  • The behavior with respect to the isRequired XML attribute
  • Whether this is a Matcher or a PolicyRule (via attributeID)

Value matching is purely string-based. Only string attribute values of the input attribute are inspected and they are compared with a string representation of each of the values in the RequestedAttribute. Only matching values are added to the Permit or Deny List.

AttributeInMetadata or MappedAttributeInMetadata?

Schema Type and Location

The AttributeInMetadata type is defined in the urn:mace:shibboleth:2.0:afp namespace, the schema for which can be located at http://shibboleth.net/schema/idp/shibboleth-afp.xsd

The deprecated saml:SAMLAttributeInMetadata type is defined in the urn:mace:shibboleth:2.0:afp:mf:saml namespace, the schema for which can be located at http://shibboleth.net/schema/idp/shibboleth-afp-mf-saml.xsd

Reference

Attributes

NameTypeDefaultDescription
attributeNameStringoptionalIf this attribute is present, a <md:RequestedAttribute> element with this Name is searched for. If this attribute is not present, then the attribute encoders associated with the internal IdP Attribute under consideration are consulted and the first matching (based on NameFormat and Name) <md:equestedAttribute> is used.
attributeNameFormatStringoptional

If this attribute is present, provides additional filtering of the <md:RequestedAttribute> information, such that it will only be matched if one of the following conditions is true:

  • The value of attributeNameFormat attribute matches the value of the NameFormat XML attribute or
  • The NameFormat XML attribute is not present or
  • The value of the NameFormat XML attribute is urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:unspecified

Use of the attributeNameFormat attribute is meaningless if attributeName is not present.

matchIfMetadataSilentBooleanfalseIf true then all input values are returned if and only if the metadata contains no <md:RequestedAttribute> information.
onlyIfRequiredBoolean

true (erroneously false in release prior to 3.2, see here)

If this is true and the corresponding <md:RequestedAttribute> element does not specify isRequired="true" , then no values are matched.
attributeIDStringoptionalIf this attribute is present, then this is a PolicyRule returning true if the Matcher, when applied to the attribute with this ID, matches any values. See AttributeValueString for an exmaple of how attributeID changes the meaning of a Matcher in a slightly less daunting scenario.

Child Elements

None

Example 1

Suppose an SP has the following requested attributes in metadata:

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="eduPersonPrincipalName"
   Name="urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.5923.1.1.1.6"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="displayName"
   Name="urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113730.3.1.241"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="mail"
   Name="urn:oid:0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

Then an IdP with the following configuration will release the indicated wire attributes to the above SP provided that they are configured with attribute encoders that match the SAML naming above.

<afp:AttributeFilterPolicy id="releaseEssentialAttributesToAnySP">

  <afp:PolicyRequirementRule xsi:type="basic:ANY"/>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="eduPersonPrincipalName">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="displayName">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="email">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

</afp:AttributeFilterPolicy>

Example 2

Now suppose an SP has the following requested attributes in metadata:

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="metaSharedUserID"
   Name="http://example.org/attribute/metaSharedUserID"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="metaPersonName"
   Name="http://example.org/attribute/metaPersonName"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

<md:RequestedAttribute FriendlyName="metaEmailAddress"
   Name="http://example.org/attribute/metaEmailAddress"
   NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>

Then two IdPs with the following configurations will release the indicated wire attributes to the above SP:

<afp:AttributeFilterPolicy id="mapAndReleaseEssentialAttributesToAnySP">

  <afp:PolicyRequirementRule xsi:type="ANY"/>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="eduPersonPrincipalName">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaSharedUserID"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="displayName">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaPersonName"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="email">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaEmailAddress"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

</afp:AttributeFilterPolicy>
<afp:AttributeFilterPolicy id="mapAndReleaseEssentialAttributesToAnySP">

  <afp:PolicyRequirementRule xsi:type="ANY"/>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="eduPersonUniqueId">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaSharedUserID"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="givenName">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaPersonName"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

  <afp:AttributeRule attributeID="email">
    <afp:PermitValueRule xsi:type="AttributeInMetadata"
        attributeName="http://example.org/attribute/metaEmailAddress"
        attributeNameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"/>
  </afp:AttributeRule>

</afp:AttributeFilterPolicy>

Note that both IdPs have an attribute release policy that relies on the same set of requested attributes, but the requested attributes are mapped to different wire attributes in each case.

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