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Re: Milestone 2: authentication and authorization

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2000-12-14 22:03:03 CET

Branko =?ISO-8859-2?Q?=C8ibej?= <brane@xbc.nu> writes:
> (Just an aside here: authentication and authorization are not two sides
> of the same coin, so we should be careful about using both terms in the
> same breath. Authorization can be useful without authentication, and
> vice versa. But I'm sure you now that.)

I can understand authentication being useful without authorization,
but the reverse still eludes me. How can you authorize anything
without knowing who you're dealing with? (I guess you could put a
blanket `read-only for everyone' permission on something, but that's
pretty limited functionality).

Anyway, yeah, they both begin with "auth" so that's a clear sign we
should consider them together. :-)
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:17 2006

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