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From Francesco Chicchiriccò <>
Subject [DISCUSS] Syncope for ASF identity management
Date Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:26:24 GMT
Howdy Infra,
following a discussion [1] we had on Syncope PMC list, I would like to 
start a thread around possible usage of Apache Syncope for managing 
identity flows within the ASF infrastructure.

Let me start with a real-life sample: I have recently been asked to join 
CXF as committer (good to me!).

I know from [2] that, since I already own an ASF id, someone from CXF 
PMC had to run a perl script on in order to add myself 
to the LDAP commiter group for CXF.

If instead this was my first invitation, someone had to prior request 
for an account [3] (note the different link for PMC chairs and PMC 
members) and trigger a (manual) approval process which ensures at least 
the availability of the chosen ASF id and the presence of a valid ICLA 
which can be "reconciled" with such request.

Once in, someone with enough karma still needs to grant me proper access 
to JIRA and Confluence (and / or more applications).

If I'd like to change my password and manage my own details (including 
SSH and GPG) I can log into [4].

Naturally, I have omitted several parts of the process, especially the 
ones related to becoming PMC [5] or ASF member, which are even more 

As Syncope PMC, we believe it is worth to explore the possibility of 
using Syncope for driving the processes summarized above, and more.
I see this as a win-win situation: Infra will benefit from introducing a 
proper tool for the job, and Syncope will get more visibility both 
within the foundation and externally (think to some post(s) by Infra 
describing this work).

In the past I have exchanged some e-mails with Tony Stevenson about this 
topic, and it seemed to me he was interested on the topic, even though 
at a certain point we did not follow up.

Should you be interested, we are available to discuss in order to 
identify together the required steps, and also to provide material help, 
if required.

Looking forward for your reply.


Francesco Chicchiriccò

Tirasa - Open Source Excellence

Involved at The Apache Software Foundation:
member, Syncope PMC chair, Cocoon PMC, Olingo PMC, CXF committer

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