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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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Chapter 5. Kerberos

KERBEROS IS A NETWORK AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their Project Athena. The project’s main goal was to provide a networked computing environment where users could enjoy access to their accounts, applications, and files regardless of the computer or terminal they were currently using. Kerberos was an important part of Project Athena, because the Kerberos system provided secure authentication of users across the Project Athena network. Kerberos uses shared secret key (symmetric) cryptography— namely, the Data Encryption Standard (DES)—to provide secure ...

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