52.7. Requesting a Client SSL Key

Users normally authenticate themselves to Webmin with a username and password. If they are running in SSL mode and using a modern browser like IE or Netscape, however, it is possible to set up Webmin to authenticate them via a client-side SSL key, instead. Usually an SSL web server sends its certificate to the client for authentication purposes, but the protocol also allows clients to send their certificates to the server.

The advantages of this method are that there is no longer a need to remember a username and password and that the old method of authentication can be disabled so that only clients with the SSL key can connect. Attackers, therefore, cannot break in by guessing your password or by looking over ...

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