System for Cross-domain Identity Management: Protocol
RFC 7644

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Replaces draft-scim-api
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      P. Hunt, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7644                                        Oracle
Category: Standards Track                                     K. Grizzle
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                SailPoint
                                                               M. Ansari
                                                                   Cisco
                                                           E. Wahlstroem
                                                        Nexus Technology
                                                            C. Mortimore
                                                              Salesforce
                                                          September 2015

         System for Cross-domain Identity Management: Protocol

Abstract

   The System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) specification
   is an HTTP-based protocol that makes managing identities in multi-
   domain scenarios easier to support via a standardized service.
   Examples include, but are not limited to, enterprise-to-cloud service
   providers and inter-cloud scenarios.  The specification suite seeks
   to build upon experience with existing schemas and deployments,
   placing specific emphasis on simplicity of development and
   integration, while applying existing authentication, authorization,
   and privacy models.  SCIM's intent is to reduce the cost and
   complexity of user management operations by providing a common user
   schema, an extension model, and a service protocol defined by this
   document.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in 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/rfc7644.

Hunt, et al.                 Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 7644               SCIM Protocol Specification        September 2015

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction and Overview .......................................3
      1.1. Intended Audience ..........................................3
      1.2. Notational Conventions .....................................4
      1.3. Definitions ................................................4
   2. Authentication and Authorization ................................5
      2.1. Use of Tokens as Authorizations ............................7
      2.2. Anonymous Requests .........................................7
   3. SCIM Protocol ...................................................8
      3.1. Background .................................................8
      3.2. SCIM Endpoints and HTTP Methods ............................9
      3.3. Creating Resources ........................................11
           3.3.1. Resource Types .....................................13
      3.4. Retrieving Resources ......................................13
           3.4.1. Retrieving a Known Resource ........................14
           3.4.2. Query Resources ....................................15
           3.4.3. Querying Resources Using HTTP POST .................27
      3.5. Modifying Resources .......................................29
           3.5.1. Replacing with PUT .................................30
           3.5.2. Modifying with PATCH ...............................32
      3.6. Deleting Resources ........................................48
      3.7. Bulk Operations ...........................................49
           3.7.1. Circular Reference Processing ......................51
           3.7.2. "bulkId" Temporary Identifiers .....................53
           3.7.3. Response and Error Handling ........................58
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