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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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WebNFS Security Negotiation

The Solaris 8 release includes a new protocol that enables a WebNFS client to negotiate a selected security mechanism with a WebNFS server. The new protocol uses security negotiation multicomponent lookup, which is an extension to the multicomponent lookup used in earlier versions of the WebNFS protocol.

The WebNFS client has no knowledge of how a path is protected by the server. When a WebNFS client makes a regular multicomponent lookup request with the public file handle, the default security mechanism is used. If the default security mechanism is not sufficient, the server replies with an AUTH_TOOWEAK error stating that the client needs to use a stronger authorization mechanism.

When the client receives the AUTH_TOOWEAK ...

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