WebFinger
draft-ietf-appsawg-webfinger-09

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Network Working Group                                      Paul E. Jones
Internet Draft                                         Gonzalo Salgueiro
Intended status: Standards Track                           Cisco Systems
Expires: July 28, 2013                                      Joseph Smarr
                                                                  Google
                                                        January 28, 2013

                                 WebFinger
                    draft-ietf-appsawg-webfinger-09.txt

Abstract

   This specification defines the WebFinger protocol, which can be used
   to discover information about people or other entities on the
   Internet using standard HTTP methods.

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Jones, et al.           Expires July 28, 2013                   [Page 1]
Internet-Draft                WebFinger                     January 2013

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................2
   2. Terminology....................................................3
   3. Example Uses of WebFinger......................................3
      3.1. Locating a User's Blog....................................3
      3.2. Identity Provider Discovery for OpenID Connect............5
      3.3. Auto-Configuration of Email Clients.......................6
      3.4. Retrieving Device Information.............................7
   4. WebFinger Protocol.............................................7
      4.1. Constructing a WebFinger Query............................8
      4.2. Performing a WebFinger Query..............................8
      4.3. The "rel" Parameter.......................................9
      4.4. The JSON Resource Descriptor (JRD).......................10
         4.4.1. expires.............................................11
         4.4.2. subject.............................................11
         4.4.3. aliases.............................................11
         4.4.4. properties..........................................11
         4.4.5. links...............................................12
      4.5. WebFinger and URIs.......................................14
   5. Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)..........................14
   6. Access Control................................................15
   7. Hosted WebFinger Services.....................................15
   8. Security Considerations.......................................16
   9. IANA Considerations...........................................17
   10. Acknowledgments..............................................18
   11. References...................................................18
      11.1. Normative References....................................18
      11.2. Informative References..................................19
   Author's Addresses...............................................20

1. Introduction

   WebFinger is used to discover information about people or other
   entities on the Internet that are identified by a URI [6] or IRI [7]
   using standard Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) [2] methods over a
   secure transport [14].  A WebFinger server returns a JavaScript
   Object Notation (JSON) [5] object that describes a resource that is
   queried.  The JSON object is referred to as the JSON Resource
   Descriptor (JRD).

   For a person, the kinds of information that might be discoverable via
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