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OIC: Identity Propagation In Structured Process by Jan Kettenis

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When a process calls a service you sometimes have a requirement that some user identity needs to be propagated to the service call. This article describes how you can propagate the identity (but alas not the principle) of a user on behalf of whom a service call is executed. When calling a service in a structured process you sometimes must pass on the identity of the user that called the service. This could be the case when that service call is done to a SaaS application and it is required to track on behalf of whom that service is called. The identity (user name) only is not enough when authentication must happen using the principle (security token) of the user, but there are applications that can handle this using some combination of a system user (or client id plus secret) with an on behalf of user. And there are situations where having an on behalf of user only is enough, like when storing data in a database table with audit columns (you don’t want all the end users also to be database users so passing on the user’s principle to the DB would not make sense).
It is not always trivial who that on behalf of user should be. Take for example the following process model: Read the complete article here.

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