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SAML Sender Vouches with Certificates

This mechanism protects messages with mutual certificates for integrity and confidentiality and with a Sender Vouches SAML token for authorization. The Sender Vouches method establishes the correspondence between a SOAP message and the SAML assertions added to the SOAP message. The attesting entity provides the confirmation evidence that will be used to establish the correspondence between the subject of the SAML subject statements (in SAML assertions) and SOAP message content. The attesting entity, presumed to be different from the subject, vouches for the verification of the subject. The receiver has an existing trust relationship with the attesting entity. The attesting entity protects the assertions (containing the subject statements) in combination with the message content against modification by another party. For more information about the Sender Vouches method, read the SAML Token Profile document at

For this mechanism, the SAML token is included as part of the message signature as an authorization token and is sent only to the recipient. The message payload needs to be signed and encrypted. The requestor is vouching for the credentials (present in the SAML assertion) of the entity on behalf of which the requestor is acting.

The initiator token, which is an X.509 token, is used for signature. The recipient token, which is also an X.509 token, is used for encryption. For the server, this is reversed, the recipient token is the signature token and the initiator token is the encryption token. A SAML token is used for authorization.

See Also: Example: SAML Sender Vouches with Certificates (SV).