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Kerberos

Definition

An authentication system used to prove your identity to servers and systems.

Kerberos is a network authentication protocol. It is designed to provide strong authentication for client/server applications by using secret-key cryptography. The Kerberos protocols invented and popularized by MIT have become fundamental building blocks of major desktop and server operating systems, core networking infrastructure, global file systems, global messaging systems, and much more.

See also

Kerberos at MIT
Authentication

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Last Modified:

March 10, 2011

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