On Fri, 24 Nov 2000 00:01:29 -0500 (EST) Bill Bumgarner email@example.com wrote:
How about PAM-- pluggable authentication modules? It seems to have become relatively standard on LInux and BSD and provides a flexible and portable API that provides for versatile plug-n-play authentication across platforms.
Authentication data in the sense of identification (you know the UID and the password) is the simplest problem, and is probably so small as to be ignorable. The problem is not just UID/PW combos, but access rights, settings, configurations, meta data, etc.
Even if the implementation is not appropriate, the architecture is certainly interesting and will likely contain ideas that are pertinent to building such an authentication system as Chuq described.
True. As happens I'm more tempted by LDAP.