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Simple Authentication

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



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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Snow CR, Whitfield H

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1993

Pages: 26

Print publication date: 01/11/1993

Source Publication Date: November 1993

Report Number: 459

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne