Digest authentication

With the Digest authentication scheme, the designers explicitly sought to provide a more secure authentication implementation than is provided by the unencrypted Basic authentication scheme. In actuality, though, it only ends up providing a set of security trade-offs, and is reliant on an outdated hashing algorithm for its encryption. It still has a number of advantages, though, and is worth considering for implementation in certain circumstances. To understand the advantages and disadvantages it introduces, and when you might want to use it, let's look at how it works.

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