If those new features seem familiar, it's because most of the new functionality is driven by WSS4J 1.6.0, which I've blogged extensively about over the last few months. Probably the most significant new security functionality in CXF 2.4.0 is greatly enhanced support for SAML Assertions. CXF 2.4.0 supports the ability to create, secure, process and validate SAML Assertions in accordance with the WS-Security 1.1 SAML Token Profile. I intend to blog in more detail how to use these new features in CXF 2.4.0 over the next while.WS-Security improvements including support for SAML2 tokens, improved validation of security tokens, better performance, increased WS-I Basic Security Profile compliance, and much more.
See Dan Kulp's blog for more in-depth thoughts on the new release.