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Single Sign-On Secrets

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Cameron Mashayekhi

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Posted: 28 Jan 2000

We've got a very cool document straight from NDS development to help you understand how you can use and leverage Novell Single Sign-on. We've zipped up the MS Word document for easy downloading. Download it now.

Novell Single Sign-on extends application authentication services to automatically authenticate to the network using SecretStore instead of interacting with the user through application dialogs. Using Single Sign-on, authenticated NDS users can run applications seamlessly from any connected workstation without having to authenticate with each application launch. Client/Network applications can read and write encrypted data using a secure and distributed directory repository. You can use the Single Sign-on API to build these automatic authentication features into your applications.

Single Sign-on leverages Novell Directory Services (NDS) and Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI) to securely store, access, and retrieve user authentication information. The client application makes read and write calls to SecretStore on the server, which processes and executes the Single Sign-on requests. User secrets (such as the user name and password) are encrypted using NICI and stored as an NDS attribute in the user's SecretStore on the server.

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