Introduction to Authentication

    Date17 Dec 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Authentication is usually done by providing a login name and a password, which the system shares secretly with the user. This guarantees that the person attempting to authenticate knows the login and the password but this does not mean that the . . . Authentication is usually done by providing a login name and a password, which the system shares secretly with the user. This guarantees that the person attempting to authenticate knows the login and the password but this does not mean that the person is who the system believes it is. It is common for users to release their login and password to other users for many reasons. One reason is that another user may have had their account revoked and need access to the system so they ask their friend or co-worker if they can borrow theirs. This is not the only way in which another user might be an imposter for a particular user. The imposter might also try guessing the password.
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