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Automated User Password Maintenance using XML and XSLT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032979D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

There are hundreds of thousands of web-sites all over the world. To maintain lists and demographics of their users, many of them require user registration, which includes user names and passwords. This is also true of customer service sites such as bank portals, investment sites, billing services, etc. Many of these sites have different requirements for the character content of the password, leading to many different passwords for one user among the various websites the user may subscribe to. Our invention attempts to solve this problem by providing the user with an application that resolves passwords to all different web sites using a single password as a key to each web site's registration password.

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Automated User Password Maintenance using XML and XSLT

The core idea of this invention involves maintaining an XML registry of web sites with which the user is registered. This includes maintaining the user name, password, and the web site to which it pertains.

Once a registry entry has been created for the a given web-site, the user may log in using the universal password provided by our invention's application. Upon log in, the web site name, user name, and universal password are translated to the password registered for this site.

The invention we disclose follows requires the following:

The user has configured the application with a universal password. (This may also

be performed as part of step 3).

The user logs in to a web-site for the first time and enters a password conforming to

the site password rules.

The application stores the username, password, web-site address,

The user logs in to the web site at a later time and enters the universal password.

The application resolves the web-site specific password via the username and

web-site address.

The password storage and resolution can be achieved by using XSLT to transform the universal password into the web-site specific password, both maintained in the XML of the invention's application. Storage and resolution of the password could be implemented in a browser specific manner. This is similar to how commercial web browers provide "pop-ups" allowing you to save your password for the given site. Our inventio...