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[MS-AUTHSOD]: Authentication Services Protocols Overview

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This document provides an overview of the Authentication Services Protocols Overview Protocol Family. It is intended for use in conjunction with the Microsoft Protocol Technical Documents, publicly available standard specifications, network programming art, and Microsoft Windows distributed systems concepts. It assumes that the reader is either familiar with the aforementioned material or has immediate access to it.

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Abstract

This document provides an overview of the functionality and relationship of the protocols in the Authentication Services Subsystem, which verifies the identity of users, computers, and services through the interactive logon and network logon authentication processes. Once authenticated, these entities can be authorized to access network resources securely. The Windows client and server operating systems implement a set of authentication protocol standards, such as Kerberos [RFC4120], and their extensions, such as [MS-KILE], as part of an extensible architecture consisting of security support provider (SSP) security packages.

This document describes the intended functionality of the Authentication Services protocols and the ways in which they interact. It provides common use cases and examples, but does not restate the processing rules and other details for each protocol. Those details are described in the protocol specifications for each of the protocols and data structures that belong to this protocols group.

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