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Inter@ctive Week: Kerberos Made To Heel To Windows 2000

Feb 28, 2000, 17:39 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"In a move that company detractors said is another sign of its infamous 'Embrace, Extend, Extinguish' strategy, Microsoft has used an open Internet security standard in its Windows 2000 operating system and made modifications without openly documenting its changes."

"Microsoft has incorporated open standard Kerberos security, which keeps user passwords from being sent over a network where they can be sniffed and stolen, into Windows 2000, making its marquee operating system (OS) more competitive with Unix."

"But in doing so, it has made changes to Kerberos - producing 'Microsoft Kerberos, which is proprietary,' said Ted Ts'o, who helped lead the development team on the network authentication protocol with others at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( in the early 1990s."

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