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Kerberos is a system of authentication developed at MIT as part of the Athena project. Kerberos uses encryption technology and a trusted third party, an arbitrator, to perform secure authentication on an open network. Specifically, Kerberos uses cryptographic tickets in order to avoid transmitting plain text passwords over the wire. Kerberos was based upon the Needham-Schroeder protocol.


• Kerberos Infrastructure HOWTO
• Towards Kerberizing Web Identity and Services
• Why is Kerberos a Credible Security Solution?
• Best Practices for Integrating Kerberos Into Your Application
• The MIT Kerberos Administrator's How-to Guide
• The Role of Kerberos in Modern Information Systems
• Recommended Practices for Deploying & Using Kerberos in Mixed Environments