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Generic Security Service Application Program Interface, Version 2



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Network Working Group                                           J. Linn
Request for Comments: 2078                      OpenVision Technologies
Category: Standards Track                                  January 1997
Obsoletes: 1508


   Generic Security Service Application Program Interface, Version 2

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

   The Generic Security Service Application Program Interface (GSS-API),
   as defined in RFC-1508, provides security services to callers in a
   generic fashion, supportable with a range of underlying mechanisms
   and technologies and hence allowing source-level portability of
   applications to different environments. This specification defines
   GSS-API services and primitives at a level independent of underlying
   mechanism and programming language environment, and is to be
   complemented by other, related specifications:

      documents defining specific parameter bindings for particular
      language environments

      documents defining token formats, protocols, and procedures to be
      implemented in order to realize GSS-API services atop particular
      security mechanisms

   This memo revises RFC-1508, making specific, incremental changes in
   response to implementation experience and liaison requests. It is
   intended, therefore, that this memo or a successor version thereto
   will become the basis for subsequent progression of the GSS-API
   specification on the standards track.

Table of Contents

   1: GSS-API Characteristics and Concepts..........................  3
   1.1: GSS-API Constructs..........................................  6
   1.1.1:  Credentials..............................................  6
   1.1.1.1: Credential Constructs and Concepts......................  6
   1.1.1.2: Credential Management...................................  7
   1.1.1.3: Default Credential Resolution...........................  8



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