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Simple Authentication

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Charles Snow, Emeritus Professor Harry Whitfield


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This paper describes a simple authentication protocol for use with terminal emulation programs running on small workstations, and communicating with a host computer over a (potentially) insecure network. The technique has the advantage that it requires no more network traffic than would be necessary using a standard user-id/password challenge, and also requires only a small amount of additional intelligence at the workstation. Some management issues are also discussed. The system has been implemented on two host systems and two workstation types.

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Author(s): Snow CR, Whitfield H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Software: Practice and Experience

Year: 1994

Volume: 24

Issue: 5

Pages: 437-447

ISSN (print): 0038-0644

ISSN (electronic): 1097-024X

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/spe.4380240502


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