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python SAML metadata aggregator

This is a SAML metadata aggregator written in python. It is based on the model for metadata exchange by Ian Young:


  • Pluggable “pipelines” for processing SAML metadata

  • Signature validation and creation

  • Support for using PKCS#11 tokens for signing

  • Certificate expiration checking and reporting

  • Fast parallel fetching of multiple streams


  • pyXMLSecurity

  • PyKCS11 (optional)



Release date: UNRELEASED


Release date: Tue Jul 10 15:48:07 CEST 2012

  • Schema validation

  • Refactor dynamic loading framework


Release date: Wed Jul 11 16:31:06 CEST 2012

Because of the way OpenSSL handles self-signed certificates the XML validation extracts the public key from the certificate and uses that instead of the X509 certificate to validate an XML signature. Right now this introduces a dependency on M2Crypto which will be removed in the fugure. Note that ubuntu/debian users should install python-m2crypto instead of installing M2Crypto (


Release date: Thu Aug 30 08:00:00 CEST 2012

  • XML signing and validation using pyXMLSecurity

  • Support for PKCS#11-based HSMs using pykcs11

We are now using a (limited) pure-python implmementation of xmlsec which makes it easier to sign using HSMs. The only mandatory non-python dependency now is lxml.


Release date: Fri Sep 7 10:13:33 CEST 2012

  • support breaking out of pipelines using exceptions

  • kill the pipeline if selects picks 0 elements

  • more debug logging

  • more robust handling of zero-length selectors

  • completely remove pyOpenSSL dependency

  • many bugfixes and cleanup


Release date: Fri Nov 30 09:37:59 CET 2012

  • HTTP-based pyffd with MDX support

  • several bugfixes

  • indexing in MDRepository

  • completely rewritten URL fetcher with monitoring

0.9 and 0.9.1

Release date: Tue Apr 9 18:03:13 CEST 2013

  • Lots of bugfixes

  • pep8 cleanup

  • stability & testcases


  • Release date: Mon Apr 15 13:19:14 CEST 2013*

  • caching in pyffd now works

  • version information on cmdline

  • ‘remove’ merge strategy from Peter S

  • cleanup & bugfixes

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