FWD: User Authentication in a Hostile Environment.

Richard Sharpe sharpe at ns.aus.com
Tue Mar 9 02:01:13 GMT 1999

Forwarded from another mailing list.

Users of large environments wanting backup authentication servers.

In this case the discussion started around Samba's ability to use Kerberos
for Authentication.

>On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Andrew Smith wrote:
>> home directories. The really cool thing is that this Samba server
>> throws off authentication to our kerberos server, so these students
>> can use the same username and password to access various services
>> around Uni.
>Said authentication (of UQ Ipswich), I assume, is being chucked at a
>secondary kerberos server, rather than back to the primary server at UQ HQ
>(St Lucia) .
>Having been in a similar situation of having to authenticate users over a
>problematic link (in that instance, a Telstra PAPL line, with its
>attendant 'if it breaks, we've got 7 days to fix it' usage), I'm curious
>as to what other people consider to be 'a good thing' in the way of
>consistent (user or service) authentication over staggered infrastructure.
>Not just in the authentication protocol of choice, but also in the way of
>secondary authentication servers, keeping the secondaries synced with the
>master (or masters) etc etc.
>"I'm sure they'll listen to Reason"
>REASON: Gatling-type 3mm hypervelocity railgun system, Ng Security Industries
>        Ultima Ratio Regum.
>			-- Snow Crash.

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