~:: kalyan ::~

June 2, 2006

CASA

Filed under: General — skalyanasundaram @ 6:09 pm
A Psychology’s from california Univ says,

“Many users have half a dozen passwords to remember. That’s why the most common password is ‘password.’ The usual solution is to write it down. But how secure is that?”

“Fingerprints and retina scans are expensive.”

“When you ask the typical user if they are interested in recording their fingerprints or retina, they squirm.”

“Memory is affected by many things including age and gender but one key is practice.”

i have got this from article

well , Novell is providing solution to this by offering CASA!!!!

Novell is bringing up something called CASA(Common Authentication Service Adapter). It is same as the single signon only. But for the linux environment. I think Novell is the first organization to provide this feature in Linux platform. Once you have installed then keep forgetting your password your CASA daemon will take care for your password. This works for groupwise client by default. If you want your novell client to have this feature you need to install novell-ncl-autologin rpms.

Other application should be ported to use this feature. That is not going to take much time because this is opensource(?). I am not sure novell make this as opensource. Mostly not but atleast it should release some API to use this feature in other application. If in that case it is going to be a hit or else i dont think.

Once you logined as proper user as first time it start observing your password and in the next time you dont see any dialog box for entering passwords. Straigtaway it goes inside. It keeps your password until the CASA daemon restarted. Even if you switch of your system you dont loose anything.

But i am little afraid. I set all the password in the CASA daemon for a long time and moreover forgot all those passwords, and i gave my username and password to my friend for some purpose and mistakenly he stopped that. What will happen? will i loose all my password? may be this is suitable for home purpose. But for network administrator and others cant just simply depend on this. Atleast not me. I am not sure how this is going to be used.

lets see the the next release.

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