Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd May 2006 15:53 UTC, submitted by Allen Nixon
Windows Microsoft has shelved plans to include built-in support for RSA Security's tokens in Windows Vista, even though the company has been testing out the authentication technology for almost two years. In February 2004, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Windows would be able to support easy integration with RSA's popular SecurID tokens. That meant businesses would find it far easier to deploy a two-factor authentication system for logging on to networks and applications. However, almost two years after the SecurID beta-testing program kicked off, RSA's chief executive, Art Coviello, disclosed that Windows Vista will not natively support the technology.
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so... PAM in windows?
by eantoranz on Wed 3rd May 2006 20:17 UTC
eantoranz
Member since:
2005-12-18

so.... MS Vista will have support for something like PAM? And I bet it will make headlines everywhere!.. you know, INNOVATION! Don't know if I should laugh or cry.
.... and by the way:
"via its Kerberos authentication protocol".
Kerberos doesn't belong to MS... at most, it could be their implementation. MS almost owns our lives, I guess.

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RE: so... PAM in windows?
by Wes Felter on Wed 3rd May 2006 22:27 in reply to "so... PAM in windows?"
Wes Felter Member since:
2005-11-15

IIRC, GINA is the Windows equivalent of PAM and has existed for a few releases. But there are very few GINA plug-ins.

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RE[2]: so... PAM in windows?
by Ookaze on Thu 4th May 2006 11:44 in reply to "RE: so... PAM in windows?"
Ookaze Member since:
2005-11-14

IIRC, GINA is the Windows equivalent of PAM and has existed for a few releases. But there are very few GINA plug-ins.

GINA is not a PAM equivalent at all.
It can't handle adding new authentication methods dynamically or even statically, or stack them, or manipulate their result.
GINA is more like a DM (like xdm, gdm) without PAM support. You can choose between what is provided,
or develop a replacement that follows the specs (API).

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RE: so... PAM in windows?
by Marcellus on Thu 4th May 2006 06:18 in reply to "so... PAM in windows?"
Marcellus Member since:
2005-08-26

"via its Kerberos authentication protocol".
Kerberos doesn't belong to MS... at most, it could be their implementation. MS almost owns our lives, I guess.


It's not a direct quote from what MS said, and it's most likely CNET that worded it this way. I take it to mean the Vista implementation even if I understand that it could be read other ways.

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