Chapter 21. Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control


“Mr. Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it.”

 --A Tale of Two Cities—Charles Dickens

Apache has three distinct ways of dealing with the question of whether a particular request for a resource will result in that resource actually being returned. These criteria are called authorization, authentication, and access control.

Authentication is any process by which you verify that someone is who he claims to be. This ...

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