The Consortium announced a change coming in the near future to the subsidization of technical support via our development team. The change, in brief, is that the Consortium will be funding the development team to provide technical support only to actual members of the Consortium and not to the community at large. An open support list for the community will continue to exist, as will open access to submit bugs and enhancement requests. The development team itself will be free to spend time on behalf of themselves or their other employers to offer support to non-members as they choose. A FAQ explaining both the change and the way this is expected to work is now available. Questions can be sent to any of our mailing lists or via our contact form.
The Shibboleth Consortium board held a pair of webinars on March 29th to outline the state of the consortium's finances and begin to gather input from members and non-members on next steps to address sustainability. The slides from this introductory session are available from http://shibboleth.net/documents/ShibCommunityWebinar-2017-03-29.pdf
A service update to the Windows Service Provider installers is now available to deliver updated versions of OpenSSL and libcurl to address minor security issues in those libraries. Details are in the announcement.
The Shibboleth Project has released V2.6.0 of the Service Provider software, the first feature upgrade in several years.
This release includes a permanent fix for the security issue described in the advisory last month, a number of other new features and bug fixes, and (on Windows) includes a new version of the Xerces XML parser that addresses a vulnerability disclosed earlier today.
Release notes for this release and previous versions are here.
Recently, a group of physicists at The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) completed work detecting gravitational waves. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window into the cosmos.
The Shibboleth Consortium is proud to have LIGO as a member, and to have supported LIGO in these efforts, by delivering technology that provides federated access to scientists involved in this work.
"The Shibboleth project has powered efficient, streamlined, and secure collaboration for LIGO for more than five years. LIGO deploys the Shibboleth IdP for federated SSO to more than 70 Shibboleth SPs managing access to the tools and resources that make LIGO a truly international virtual organization," said Stuart Anderson, Director of Computing for LIGO.
Congratulations to LIGO, MIT and Caltech, and the NSF on this incredible accomplishment!