SAML defines an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) framework to achieve interoperability across different vendor platforms that provide SAML assertions. SAML is an XML framework for exchanging security information over the Internet. Access Manager SAML Service consists of a web service interface, a SAML core component, and a SAML framework that web services can connect to.
The Access Manager SAML Service enables the following functionality:
Users can authenticate against Access Manager and access trusted partner sites without having to reauthenticate. This single sign-on process independent of the process enabled by Access Manager user session management.
Access Manager acts as both an attribute authority (allowing trusted partner sites to query a subject’s attributes) and an authentication authority (allowing trusted partner sites to query a subject’s authentication information.)
Two parties in different security domains can validate each other for the purpose of performing business transactions.
Access Manager SAML APIs can be used to build Authentication, Authorization Decision and Attribute Assertions.
The Access Manager SAML Service provides pluggable XML-based digital signature signing and verifying.