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Network Signon Coordination Configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106767D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 8 page(s) / 283K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, WL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow a user to specify all of the different locally attached workstations and central site host security facilities at which the user has an account in order to allow coordination of logons and synchronization of passwords.

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Network Signon Coordination Configuration

      Disclosed is a method to allow a user to specify all of the
different locally attached workstations and central site host
security facilities at which the user has an account in order to
allow coordination of logons and synchronization of passwords.

      A typical computer user is no longer working on an isolated
personal computer.  More and more workstations are now being attached
to a local area network (LAN) with resources controlled from one or
more LAN Servers.  In many companies, the user's workstation is also
attached to one or more host computers in order to access company
databases or other host services.  In order to use these resources,
the user must identify himself to the security facilities on LAN
Servers and hosts by a User ID and password.  This process is
referred to as a logon or signon.  A user may have to signon to
several different remote facilities every day, each time having to
enter in his User ID and password.  Most security facilities require
the user to change passwords on a regular basis (for example, at
least once a month).  Out of convenience, users attempt to maintain
the same password on all of their accounts.  Thus when it is time to
change their password, the operation must be repeated for each remote
facility, including those that are not used every day.  Forgetting to
change a password can eventually lead to the inability to access the
facility because the old password has been forgotten.

      Network SignON Coordinator/2 (NSC) is a program that saves the
user the inconvenience of multiple logons each day, as well as the
time required to change passwords on every account, by coordinating
and automating this work for the user.  For NSC to coordinate logons
and synchronize passwords for a user, it must be possible for the
user to specify all of the remote locations on which the user wishes
to signon, and all of the remote locations at which passwords are
maintained by a security facility.  The user must essentially draw a
picture of a network, showing where the accounts exists and how
connections are made.

      This disclosure defines the network configuration portion of
Network SignON Coordinator/2.  Configuration information for NSC is
stored in a file named "NSC.INI".  This file is created when NSC is
installed.  Any ASCII file editor can be used to modify the file to
meet your configuration requirements.  Each line of NSC.INI defines a
default for NSC operation or defines a location where the user wants
to signon or change password.  Any line beginning with an asterisk is
considered to be a comment and is ignored.  Any text following the
first blank (space) character on a line is considered to be comment
text and is ignored.  Although the definitions are shown in upper
case, they may be entered in upper, lower or mixed case.

      The configuration definitions for the defaults for NSC
operation do not relate to t...