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LinuxWorld: The Gates of Hades - Microsoft attempts to co-opt Kerberos

Apr 20, 2000, 00:24 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Microsoft's skill at using its Windows monopoly to kill competitors is legendary, and now Kerberos seems to be the next target...."

"Windows 2000 is Microsoft's first implementation of Kerberos. Microsoft has struggled in the past to convince the enterprise market segment that Windows NT is ready to take its place alongside Unix. Certainly Microsoft's reputation for poor security implementation has not helped it in that cause. By embracing the de facto Unix standard for secure authentication, it hopes to become more acceptable in that regard."

"All of which is well and good, except for one thing. Microsoft didn't just embrace Kerberos, it has extended it in the classic manner. Microsoft's implementation of Kerberos includes unpublished changes to the ticket, a security token that allows a client to identify itself to other resources on the network. By taking a public standard private, Microsoft appears to be making another effort to force the adoption of its flagship product with the weight of its market power."

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