Re: Access Authorization

Marc VanHeyningen (
Fri, 17 Sep 1993 03:17:49 -0500

Thus wrote:
>Steve Heaney writes:
>> I havn't followed the discussion in great detail and I know nothing about
>> the issues of authorization. However, I know I would definitely feel better
>> about any solution that used schemes (like Kerberos) that were already in
>> (wide) use. The advantages should be obvious.
>Is Kerberos really in wide use? If so, where? (I have no idea...)

Kerberos V4 is certainly in wide use in lots of places, even here.
Kerberos V5, however, is needed to be even marginally tolerable for
WWW applications (V4 requires n^2 secret keys where n is the number of
administrative domains, and is thus not scalable.) Kerberos in
general is, IMHO, not sufficiently scalable for WWW purposes for
reasons I think I've blathered about before enough.

- Marc

Marc VanHeyningen  MIME, RIPEM & HTTP spoken here