incubator-general mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From "Granqvist, Hans" <>
Subject [PROPOSAL] Apache TSIK
Date Tue, 17 May 2005 22:10:10 GMT
This is a proposal to submit the Trust Services Integration 
Toolkit (TSIK) to ASF.  TSIK is a Java toolkit that VeriSign 
has been developing since 2001, and it is the basis of several 
products developed by VeriSign.

The intent with Apache TSIK is to create a web services project 
to implement standards as defined by W3C, OASIS, and others:

*  Basic XML security standards (XML signature, XML encryption) 
*  WS-* standards, and
*  Other related standards (for example XKMS and SAML)

A full list of standards can be found at the end of the email. 
Emphasis has so far been placed on security-related standards.

TSIK is a toolkit that is suitable for implementing client as 
well as server side components.  Several commercial products built 
using TSIK are in current use.

It is easy to misunderstand the sometimes complex XML security 
standards. We have found that improper use of APIs inadvertently 
cause most security issues.

TSIK was therefore designed to be simple and easy to use. Rather 
than trying to implement 100% of a specific standard, we wanted to
provide simplified APIs that would make sense in most use cases. 
However, what's implemented will always be to specification. 

VeriSign believes the slow pace of adoption of Web Services can be
attributed partly to the lack of open source toolkits. We believe 
that making a toolkit like TISK available to the community will 
increase the momentum.

Currently Apache offers two projects related to Web Services 

a. The XML security project, which implements basic XML signature 
   and XML encryption, and

b. The WS-FX project, which aims at implementing existing WS* 

The WS-FX project is an umbrella for several sub projects. The 
composability of WS standards means that a division into a 
subproject structure is reasonable.  WS-FX's main emphasis, though 
not the only way of deployment, is by way of Axis filters.

We propose TSIK as a separate project, somewhat competitive to 
WS-FX, but focused more on a toolkit usage model. Within the ASF, 
there are already examples of more or less competing projects 
(e.g., XML parsers). There is a belief that such internal 
competition is healthy.

There are a number of Java Community Process JSR's in various stages 
of development.  These JSR APIs will probably end up in ASF projects, 
some sooner than later.  For example, JSR-105 (XML digital signature) 
is already in the final stages and its APIs will likely in time 
supplant or complement the current Apache XML security suite. 

Other JSR's of interest include JSR-106 (XML encryption) and JSR-183 
(WS-Security), which will also migrate to a set of APIs that will find 
their way into Apache.

The JSR APIs often strive to completely implement each specification. 
While this is sometimes valuable, few applications use more than the 
most common functions.  Again, TSIK is designed to simplify security 
usage as much as possible. 

The long term goal of TSIK could be to use existing underlying 
Apache projects, such as XML security suite.

The initial implementation will be in Java, with support for J2SE 
1.3 and up. 

As a main author of many WS standards, VeriSign will also work to 
resolve the IP issues regarding some WS* standards.

TSIK will implement the WS-* stack of standards.  To do this, basic 
XML security standards need to be implemented, as discussed above 
in the introduction.  Most of this functionality already exists in 

Our initial plan is to implement support for the following 
specifications in this order: WS-Security, WS-Trust, 
WS-SecureConversation (WS-Addressing), WS-SecurityPolicy (WS-Policy), 
WS-Reliable-Messaging, WS-Federation (Liberty) and SAML 2.0., but 
what gets implemented will in the end be decided by the community 

TSIK should also make it easy to conform to WS-I profiles, for 
instance, the Basic Security Profile.

We believe in an active participation in interop events. There will 
be APIs for use cases as defined by interop events in OASIS, W3C, 
etc., as well as profiles issues discussed via WS-I.

Interoperability is paramount and the TSIK test suites shall strive 
to always interoperate with other implementations.

Known risks

---Orphaned products
TSIK has always been distributed in binary form.  Many customers have
requested access to the source to add functionality to the TSIK code 

---Commercial interest
The current commercial products built on TSIK have been found to
have no claims on the source code.  VeriSign does not plan to develop
parallel in-house versions of TSIK, but spend all efforts on the ASF 
TSIK project.

---Inexperience with Open Source
Some TSIK developers are already in OS-based businesses.  However,
VeriSign has limited experience working on open source projects, but
has extensive experience in creating many open WS* standards, and hope 
this will aid in the transition to the open source community.

---Initial Reliance on Salaried Workers 
It is believed that, initially, most TSIK development will be done by
salaried workers.  They will not necessarily be employed by VeriSign, 
though.  As mentioned above, VeriSign partners and customers have 
expressed interest in taking part in developing TSIK.

---Licensing, Patents, Miscellaneous Legal
The IP rights surrounding some WS-* standards can be difficult to 
understand.  As a co-author of many WS-* standards, VeriSign will work 
with Apache to make sure those issues are resolved in the community.

Initial source
TSIK has been in development since around 2001 and has an active user 
base (currently over 200 members in the user group).  As mentioned 
above, it is the basis of several products developed by VeriSign.

TSIK contains implementations of the XML signature, XML encryption 
standards, XKMS and SAML, and WS-Security, etc.  It also contains 
utility classes to make DOM and XPath easier to use, constructing and 
parsing SOAP messages, etc.

The current Java source code uses Apache libraries and tools (for 
example ant, xerces, xalan, log4j).  It also uses JUnit for test 
coverage.  The build processes builds complete documentation (including 
javadocs) and contains sample source code to describe usage patterns.

Source submission plan
The following Java packages will be submitted:

Package name                  Purpose
org.apache.tsik.crl           CRL handling
org.apache.tsik.datatypes     Passive data types of general utility
org.apache.tsik.domutil       A simplified interface to DOM 
org.apache.tsik.messaging     XML messaging framework
org.apache.tsik.resource      Basic XML facilities (e.g., parsing)
org.apache.tsik.xmlenc        XML encryption
org.apache.tsik.xmlsig        XML decryption  Pkcs#12, #8, JCA/JCE utilities
org.apache.tsik.xpath         XPath implementation
org.apache.tsik.wss           WS-Security implementation (*)
org.apache.tsik.wst           WS-Trust implementation (*)
org.apache.tsik.wsa           WS-Addressing (*)
org.apache.tsik.verifier	Assess trust of public keys and
org.apache.tsik.test.*        JUnit test suites for all packages

(*) The WS-* implementations are in various levels of completion.

There are more packages in TSIK.  We want to keep the initial 
submission as small as possible to increase its chances of adoption.

As TSIK is being incubated, we plan to propose adding the following 
packages.  Our plan is to accomplish this within three months of the 
original submission, if there is interest in the group:

Package name                        Purpose
org.apache.tsik.xkms.client         Client XKMS APIs          Tools, such as XKMS-aware keystores
org.apache.tsik.util.failover       For failsafe implementation
org.apache.schema                   XML Schema validation
org.apache.tsik.saml                SAML 1.0 implementation
org.apache.tsik.cryptostream        Streaming crypto framework
org.apache.tsik.cryptostream.pkcs7  Pkcs #7 streams
org.apache.tsik.pki.client          PKI lifecycle (certificate enroll, 
                                    renew, revoke, etc., operations.)
org.apache.tsik.dime                Implementation of DIME (*)

(*) This package should be updated to comply with latest binary 
attachment standard, e.g., SwA.

We foresee only standard Apache developer resources to be created, 
such as cvs/subversion, developer mailing lists, etc.

TSIK is today available for download (binary code only) from .

The developer community mailing list is hosted by yahoo on

Initial committers
Hans Granqvist (
Mark Hayes (

Apache sponsor/champion
Davanum Srinivas (

List of implemented XML standards
These are XML standards implemented in TSIK. 

Exclusive c14n


WS-Security	1.0 (March 15, 2004)\

WS-Trust (February 2005 draft)

Hans Granqvist, Web Services Architect
VeriSign, Inc.
487 East Middlefield Road
M/S MV6-2-1
Mountain View, CA 94043

Phone: +1-650-426-5232

To unsubscribe, e-mail:
For additional commands, e-mail:

View raw message