Simple Authentication

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Author(s)Snow CR, Whitfield H
Publication type Report
Series TitleDepartment of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Legacy DateNovember 1993
Report Number459
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This paper describes a simple authentication protocol for use with terminal emulation programs running on small workstations, and communicating with a host computer over a (potentially) insecure network. The technique has the advantage that it requires no more network traffic than would be necessary using a standard user-id/password challenge, and also requires only a small amount of additional intelligence at the workstation. Some management issues are also discussed. The system has been implemented on two host systems and two workstation types.
InstitutionDepartment of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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