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Special Edition Using Enterprise JavaBeans™ 2.0 by Brian Keeton, Chuck Cavaness

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Basic Security Concepts

One of hardest things about understanding security design and construction is figuring out what all the terms mean and how everything fits together. This section attempts to provide a clear, simple definition for these terms so that we can have a foundation for the rest of the chapter.

Authentication and Authorization

Authentication is the process of entities proving to one another that they are acting on behalf of specific identities. For example, when a Web user provides a username and password for a login, the authentication process verifies that this is a valid application user and that the password matches the real user’s provided password. Various types of authentication mechanisms can be used. Other than no authentication, ...

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