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I dunno.  Personally, I think the whoel Passport idea is retarded.  One
central database could be cracked nad your access to everything can be
stolen.  Second, just ony login/password makes it way to easy to
comprise accounts of stupid lusers with weak passwords.  I don't know
about other people, or about lusers that can't handle more than one
password/login, but I would never use, nor ever let any employees at my
normal job or my company, use such a weak system.  I would never use
such a system for personal information.  I would never use such a system
for my home workstations.

Also, you mentioned specifically the method od storing
usernames/passwords for websites in your home directory.  While this is
still very foolish (your machine gets hacked, your passwords to
everything are stolen), but if you want this, all modern web browsers
(ie, mozilla, galeon, i thnk opera nad konqueror) already do this.

On Sun, 2001-09-30 at 01:27, Scott Henson wrote:
> I was recently reading an article on the Liberty Alliance, Sun's new
> initiative to combat M$ Passport. As I looked through it I had a thought.
> What if *nix's existing authentication system was used to build net
> authentication system. First of all logging in to your *nix account could
> have all your user names and passwords stored in an encrypted file in your
> home directory, and then *nix could log in to any sites that you needed to.
> The authentication daemon could know which user name and password
> combination goes to each web site and you would never have to login ever
> again. Also the same daemon could handle your personal information as well.
> When ever a web site requested information the daemon would ask you if you
> wanted to give them such information. I'm not entirely sure on how such a
> system could be implemented, but cgi and standard field names could make it
> work. I dont know how feisable this is, or if this even intrests anyone, but
> *nix could be the first OS out there with web authentication and it could
> help set a standard for such a system. This could go a long way to bringing
> linux into home use. Just a thought.

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