Authentication is the process in which a program determines whether a user is actually the person who he claims to be. It is used in any kind of a system that provides different services to people depending upon their membership. When you log in to your favorite mailbox, access ATM, or use the services of Net Banking; what you are actually doing is obtaining service from the service provider after proving your credibility using your credentials (i.e. generally your user name and password).
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Linux Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) Overview
Posted on Thursday, Sep 14 2006 @ 07:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck