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The .NET Developer’s Guide to Directory Services Programming by Joe Kaplan, Ryan Dunn

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12. Authentication

Authentication is the process by which we validate a user’s credentials in an attempt to verify who the user purports to be. That is, we are securely identifying our users using some sort of shared secret. For the scenarios we cover in this chapter, this shared secret is the user’s password, although it really could be a number of things (once again, see The .NET Developer’s Guide to Windows Security, referenced in Chapter 8, for a thorough discussion of authentication in general). As such, authentication really does not tell us much, other than “who” the user is choosing to represent.

In Chapters 3 and 8, we set the groundwork for connecting to the directory and understanding the binding process in detail. In this chapter, ...

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