ActivateSession allows a Client to provide an encrypted UserIdentityToken using a SecurityPolicy specified by a UserTokenPolicy supported by the current Endpoint. With ECC, encryption requires that the Client and Server exchange EphemeralKeys and there is no mechanism in the current CreateSession/ActivateSession handshake to do this. For that reason, EphemeralKeys are returned in the AdditionalHeader field of the ResponseHeader of the CreateSession and ActivateSession responses. An overview of the handshake is shown in Figure 16.


Figure 16 – ECC CreateSession/ActivateSession Handshake

The UserTokenPolicies are returned in the GetEndpoints response. A UserTokenPolicy may specify a SecurityPolicyUri that is different than the SecureChannel, however, all UserTokenPolicies in an EndpointDescription shall specify a SecurityPolicyUri that is valid for all Certificates that are valid for SecurityPolicyUri specified in the EndpointDescription. For example, an EndpointDescription providing an ECC SecurityPolicyUri shall not specify RSA SecurityPolicyUris in the UserTokenPolicies.

When a Client calls CreateSession via a SecureChannel based on an ECC SecurityPolicy the Client specifies the SecurityPolicyUri it plans to use for the UserIdentityToken in the RequestHeader. Server returns an EphemeralKey in the ResponseHeader that can be used for the SecurityPolicyUri specified by the Client. If the SecurityPolicyUri is not valid the Server returns a StatusCode in the ResponseHeader instead of an EphemeralKey.

When the Client calls ActivateSession it creates an EccEncryptedSecret (see OPC 10000-4) using the EphemeralKey provided in CreateSession response. The Server always returns a new EphemeralKey in the ResponseHeader which the Client saves for when it calls ActivateSession again. The SecurityPolicyUri passed in CreateSession is used to determine what type of EphemeralKey to return.

The EphemeralKeys may be used for exactly one key negotiation. After that they are discarded. Each time ActivateSession is called the UserIdentityToken is encrypted using the last EphemeralKey returned by the Server. The EphemeralKey is changed even if the Client did not provide an encrypted UserIdentityToken.

If the Client does not provide SecurityPolicyUri in the call to CreateSession it will not be able to use any UserIdentityTokens that require encryption with ECC SecurityProfiles.

OPC 10000-4 defines AdditionalParametersType which is a list of name-value pairs. An instance of this type is passed in the AdditionalHeader field. Instances of the EphemeralKeyType defined in OPC 10000-4 are passed as values in the name-value pair list in the response messages. The names used for the parameters defined for the CreateSession/ActivateSession exchange are defined in Table 66.

Table 66 – Additional Header Key Names






Specifies the SecurityPolicyUri used for the EphemeralKeys.



Specifies an EphemeralKey.

If the EphemeralKey could not be created a StatusCode indicating the reason for the error is used instead of an instance of EphemeralKeyType.