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Re: Is Openldap a Authorization or Authentication system?
On 10/8/2015 2:16 μμ, Kaushal Shriyan wrote:
I am not sure if i understand the difference between Authorization and
Authentication. Does Openldap support both or it supports or
configured as Authorization or Authentication server? I will
appreciate if somebody can help me understand with some examples.
From Wikipedia: "Authentication is the act of confirming the truth of
an attribute of a datum or entity. This might involve confirming the
identity of a person or software program, tracing the origins of an
artifact, or ensuring that a product is what its packaging and labeling
claims to be." That's how we know who an application talks to.
From Wikipedia: "Authorization is the function of specifying access
rights to resources." After authentication we know the person, but we
still unsure whether it's supposed to access a given resource and hence
the need for authorization.
To get to know Openldap, read: http://www.openldap.org/doc/admin24/
Everything depends on what you are trying to do, your project needs.
An example for AAI services would be something like OpenLDAP + Kerberos
or Radius. Google for AAI / SSO systems.