System for Cross-domain Identity Management: Definitions, Overview, Concepts, and Requirements
RFC 7642

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        K. LI, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7642                                 Alibaba Group
Category: Informational                                          P. Hunt
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   Oracle
                                                           B. Khasnabish
                                                           ZTE (TX) Inc.
                                                              A. Nadalin
                                                               Microsoft
                                                              Z. Zeltsan
                                                              Individual
                                                          September 2015

              System for Cross-domain Identity Management:
           Definitions, Overview, Concepts, and Requirements

Abstract

   This document provides definitions and an overview of the System for
   Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM).  It lays out the system's
   concepts, models, and flows, and it includes user scenarios, use
   cases, and requirements.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7642.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  SCIM User Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.1.  Background and Context  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.2.  Model Concepts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       2.2.1.  Triggers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       2.2.2.  Actors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
       2.2.3.  Modes and Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       2.2.4.  Bulk and Batch Operational Semantics  . . . . . . . .   8
     2.3.  Flows from Cloud Service Provider to Cloud Service
           Provider (CSP->CSP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       2.3.1.  CSP->CSP: Create Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .   8
       2.3.2.  CSP->CSP: Update Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .   9
       2.3.3.  CSP->CSP: Delete Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .   9
       2.3.4.  CSP->CSP: SSO Trigger (Push)  . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       2.3.5.  CSP->CSP: SSO Trigger (Pull)  . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       2.3.6.  CSP->CSP: Password Reset (Push) . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     2.4.  Flows from Enterprise Cloud Subscriber to Cloud Service
           Provider    (ECS->CSP)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       2.4.1.  ECS->CSP: Create Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .  10
       2.4.2.  ECS->CSP: Update Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .  11
       2.4.3.  ECS->CSP: Delete Identity (Push)  . . . . . . . . . .  11
       2.4.4.  ECS->CSP: SSO Trigger (Pull)  . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   3.  SCIM Use Cases  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     3.1.  Migration of the Identities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     3.2.  Single Sign-On (SSO) Service  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
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