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Re: hurd does NOT need /hurd

On Thu, May 23, 2002 at 10:48:06AM +0200, Niels M?ller wrote:
> Tollef Fog Heen <tollef@add.no> writes:
> > I am not 100% sure what you mean by password server
> The hurd passwd server lets you get an authentication token in
> exchange for a password. Somewhat like PAM, they both handle simple
> cleartext passwords, but one important difference is that PAM can't
> give you any tokens you don't already have. To be able to do work as a
> different user it's not enough to use PAM, you also have to either be
> root, or use some setuid root program like su. On the hurd, it's
> enough to (i) know the password, and (ii) talk to the passwd server.

That sure sounds like kerberos to me. Or at least one of the many
things kerberos can do.

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