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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

"Customer Use Only" Google Tutorials?

Why do these few pages contain the words “Confidential: For Customer Use Only” in the footer? They’re public, and even publicly indexed by Google. The documents describe an SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) based SSO (Single Sign-On) for GAFYD (Google Apps for Your Domain)*, and if that’s a lil’ too much gibberish, there’s also a working demo.

*Quote Google: “Google Apps for Your Domain offers a SAML-based Single Sign-On (SSO) service that provides partner companies with full control over the authorization and authentication of hosted user accounts that access web based applications (like GMail or Calendar). Using the SAML model, Google acts as the service provider and provides services such as Gmail and Partner Start Pages (PSP). Google partners act as identity providers and control usernames, passwords and other information used to identify, authenticate and authorize users for Google hosted web applications. ... It is important to note that the SSO solution only applies to web applications.”

[Thanks Peter H.! Hat tip to Tony!]

Update: The red warning message has been removed from the page footers.


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