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REVIEW: "Kerberos: The Definitive Guide", Jason Garman

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    BKKRBSDG.RVW 20031018 Kerberos: The Definitive Guide , Jason Garman, 2003, 0-596-00403-6, U$34.95/C$54.95 %A Jason Garman %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2004
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      "Kerberos: The Definitive Guide", Jason Garman, 2003, 0-596-00403-6,
      %A Jason Garman
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2003
      %G 0-596-00403-6
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$34.95/C$54.95 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596004036/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596004036/robsladesin03-20
      %P 253 p.
      %T "Kerberos: The Definitive Guide"

      Kerberos is not flashy, but it is a venerable and mature technology.
      Yes, it has limited scalability, but most of the "successful" PKI
      (Public Key Infrastructure) projects are small enough that they could
      easily have been accomplished with Kerberos technology: an eminently
      elegant solution to the problem of communicating and authenticating
      over any channel that is, or must be, assumed to be insecure.

      Chapter one provides a history, base concepts, and variants of
      Kerberos. Terms and components are given in chapter two. The
      Needham-Schroeder work, and the idea of ticket-granting, is in chapter
      three. Implementation, in chapter four, reviews design, UNIX and
      Windows servers, and special considerations for a mixed environment.
      The troubleshooting chapter, five, for once comes early enough in a
      book to be of use. Security aspects external to Kerberos, and
      specific settings for different implementations, are covered in
      chapter six. Chapter seven looks at some generic support for
      applications, as well as some specific programs that already have
      Kerberos support built in. Cross realm trust is one of the advanced
      topics, but most of chapter eight concentrates on special requirements
      for Windows. Chapter nine is a kind of review of the book, involving
      the various topics that have been discussed in a sample Kerberos
      installation. Chapter ten looks at the future of Kerberos, with
      possible public key additions, Web applications, and smartcards. An
      appendix contains an administrative command list.

      While Kerberos may not be as highly regarded as the more
      mathematically complex asymmetric cryptographic systems, it still have
      many uses, and this book provides the outline, background, and details
      to help you take full advantage of them.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKKRBSDG.RVW 20031018

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