Supported Token Format and Protocol in ACS

To get authenticated via Windows Azure ACS; relying party need to obtain a token. Token can be in different formats.

Possible token formats are as below,


SAML 1.1 and SAML 2.0

  1. It stands for Security Assertion Markup language.
  2. It is wildly used token format.
  3. It is used in Single sign on
  4. It is used in clam based authentication
  5. it provides a XML schema for token and protocol used in authentication
  6. SAML version 2.0 was approved as an OASIS Standard in March 2005
  7. There are two types of schema for SAML



  1. It stands for Simple Web Token.
  2. It works on Simple Web Token specification.
  3. SWT work on key value pair. All the required information is present in form of encrypted key value pair.
  4. Key value pairs are relying party specific.

There are few keys which have to be present always in SWT token. They are as below,


Supported Protocols

ACS has to use some protocols to communicate either with the service or web application. Supported protocols are as below


Supported Token Protocols combination

ACS sends tokens over the protocol supported on the token format. Supported token and protocols are as below


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