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Decentralized user authentication in a global file system

By Michael Kaminsky, George Savvides and M. Frans Kaashoek


ABSTRACT The challenge for user authentication in a global file system is al-lowing people to grant access to specific users and groups in remote administrative domains, without assuming any kind of pre-existingadministrative relationship. The traditional approach to user authentication across administrative domains is for users to prove theiridentities through a chain of certificates. Certificates allow for general forms of delegation, but they often require more infrastructurethan is necessary to support a network file system

Topics: Categories and Subject Descriptors D.4.6 [Operating Systems, Security and Protection--authenti-cation, access controls, D.4.3 [Operating Systems, File Systems Management--distributed file systems, K.6.5 [Managementof Computing and Information Systems, Security and Protection--authentication, C.2.4 [Computer-Communication Net-works, Distributed Systems--distributed databases General Terms Security, Design Keywords Authentication, authorization, groups, users, SFS, file system, ACL, credentials
Year: 2003
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