Browser Identity Interactions

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The full range of Browser Identity Interactions from the initial identity creation to large scale federation interactions.


  • The OpenID Connect protocol was the first major successful method to create Single Sign On functionality in commonly available browsers.
  • This protocol worked its magic by a method now known as front-channel even though that term does not appear in the OpenID Connect spec.
    • Front channel communications relies on communications from the IdP to the RP to flow through the user's browser, rather than the back channel flow directly between the Idp and RP.
  • The password manager (PM) is a pluggable feature in the browser. Generally the HTTP hooks are standardized, but the manager itself does not appear to be.
    • The PM can recognize when a user has been at a site before and that the site is asking for a user name and password.


  • The use of third party cookies to track the user from the RP to the IdP is the same method used by advertisers to track user behavior on the Web.
  • The browsers all now block some use of third party cookies and are set to soon block all use of third party cookies.