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- A trusted entity that issues and revokes trusted information, including credentials and attribute assertion.
- A trusted entity that creates, issues, maintains and revokes trusted information, including credentials and attributes. (D'Agostino, Krum)
Authority for the IDESG applies to any site that asserts its identity with a private key. The term call also be used with respect to a Relying Party or an Identity Provider, or even a Identity Ecosystem Framework network.
Same term, different concept?
- A Certificate Authority issues (usually X.509) public key certificates.
- An HTTP Authority is a common means for distinguishing an authority based on a registered name or server address, along with optional port and user information (username:firstname.lastname@example.org:8080).