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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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Do You Need Kerberos?

Now that I have introduced Kerberos, it is time to decide whether you need it. This question is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. It’s true that Kerberos provides more secure authentication than that provided by traditional UNIX password authentication systems. But at the same time, it introduces other issues. The two most important issues are the burden of administering Kerberos (mainly, the Kerberos server) and the need for Kerberized (Kerberos-aware) software (both client and server software). So, unlike some other technologies that are appropriate in almost all cases, Kerberos is not always appropriate in all circumstances. The purpose of this section is to help you decide whether your site or network ...

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