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Proposed Changes to the Unity Product Standard

Posted By Penny Murray, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Friday, January 31, 2020

Proposed Changes to the Unity Product Standard 

Unity-logoThere is no denying that the transition to the Unity Specification in North America is rapidly becoming a reality.  Because of this, the Policy & Procedures group is looking to update the requirements around SIF Certification. 

As part of this work they are proposing the following. 

  • Consumers will not be required to create their own environment, but the call will still be supported.
  •  Changes Since support will be expected of all providers.
  •  Unlevel the Transport Layer Security (TLS) to version 1.2.
  •  Certificates exchanged to verify identity employ a key length of at least 2048bits.
  •  All certificates employed must be current.
  •  All valid certificates will be accepted.
  •  Hostname and certificate mismatches are allowed.
  •  All encrypted connections employ a cypher with a minimum key length of 128bits.
  • Keep:  HTTP 1.1, XML 1.0, UTF-8, XPath 2.0, XQuery 1.0, XSDs, Gzip,& UUIDs
  •  Authentication (pick at least one):  SIF_HMACSHA256 or OAuth 2.0 /w Bearer Tokens
  •  Those using JSON will need to use PESC JSON.



  1. We have one report that Gzip is not currently working with the Test Harness.
  2.  For testing our Bearer Tokens do not currently expire.

The current SIF Specification Product Standards can be found here:


Please provide any feedback or comments by February 14, 2020 to John Lovell, Technology Director.


Tags:  2020  Community  North America  Product Standard  SIF certification  SIF Specification  Unity 

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