Well, after a week of looking, I think I am going to go with a CAS solution, rubycas-server and rubycas-client. This supports several methods of authentication, including SQL, ActiveDirectory, LDAP, and GoogleAccounts. SQL is probably good enough for my application at the moment, but the LDAP option might come in handy someday. And it integrates nicely with Rails apps, which is my target platform.

I looked at OpenID, which Rails also has good support for, but to my mind, it's just too complicated for the average user to use. I remember the first time I had to set one up, it was quite difficult to understand what it was they were looking for. I think it would scare away the average, non-technical, website user.


Thanks for the ideas!

Brgds: John


On Jul 16, 2009, at 1:03 PM, Mel Flynn wrote:

On Thursday 16 July 2009 06:54:39 Bill Moran wrote:
In response to John Almberg <jalmb...@identry.com>:
I am trying to build a set of web applications that are accessed
through a web portal that uses a Single Sign On (SSO) solution.
Problem is, there are MANY competing SSO solutions. Since building
the client side of the SSO system is more than enough for me, I was
wondering if there are any SSO servers in ports that I can just
install and use? A CAS solution would be the best, but I'll look at
anything.

The most widely supported I know of is LDAP, and OpenLDAP works pretty
well.

That won't really work as LDAP can't read a browser cookie or maintain session
information. LDAP is a good choice as storage backend.

Your best bet is probably to use an OpenID based solution, as support for this sign on method is growing in web applications, so you lessen the chance of having to maintain your custom glue into the application. The security/phpmyid port is one implementation that allows you to run your own OpenID server.

http://openid.net/
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Mel
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