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UPDATE: The Standard: Slashdot Skirts Microsoft's Kerberos Rule

May 11, 2000, 15:23 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominic Gates)

"Slammed in a court brief for the proprietary way it implements the Kerberos Web security standard in Windows 2000, Microsoft (MSFT) has moved to reassure customers and disarm critics by publishing the formerly secret details of its version of Kerberos - just one day before the brief was filed."

"Better late than never? Perhaps, but Microsoft has attached licensing restrictions to the site where the details are published, essentially locking down the information as a confidential "trade secret."

"In other words, the information can be reviewed, but no competitor can exploit the published details in order to write code that could make use of it." Predictably, contributors to Slashdot.org, a Linux/Open Source news and community Web site, have already posted the information online, and Microsoft's legal department has sent Slashdot a demand that the information be removed from its servers."

"In a paper filed in the antitrust trial on April 28, expert witness Rebecca Henderson, an MIT professor who supported the government's proposed remedy of splitting Microsoft in two, concluded that because Microsoft hadn't published those extensions, "no non-Microsoft server can utilize the security features of the PC operating system."

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