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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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Chapter 4. Authentication and Authorization

AUTHENTICATION AND AUTHORIZATION ARE AT THE HEART of security. It may be said that in most circumstances,“security” means “authentication and authorization”— that is, being able to tell the difference between a friend and an outsider and appropriately delegating rights and privileges. This chapter looks at the many parts of the Solaris 8 operating environment related to authentication and authorization—the traditional UNIX /etc/passwd and login, role-based access control (RBAC) (new in Solaris 8), smart card interface features, and others.

However, before proceeding, let’s clarify the precise meaning ...

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