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System and Method to Combine Multiple Log-Ins into One

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131197D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

When we use a Wi-Fi device to log-in to a corporation, we may have multiple log-in steps. First, we may need to use WPA/EAP to give us access to the wireless network through the access point; essentially this requires authentication through a server. Afterwards, we may also have to use a VPN in order to gain access to the corporate network. This also requires authentication through a server.

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COMBINING SECURE LOG-INS

System and Method to Combine Multiple Log-Ins into One

Disclosed Anonymously

When we use a Wi-Fi device to log-in to a corporation, we may have multiple log-in steps.  First, we may need to use WPA/EAP to give us access to the wireless network through the access point; essentially this requires authentication through a server.  Afterwards, we may also have to use a VPN in order to gain access to the corporate network.  This also requires authentication through a server.

Both of these steps are very similar in nature and ask very similar information of the user (username/password and possibly something like a SecureID token number). So it would be nice to combine the two steps into one.  The benefits of doing this are that it improves the user experience (faster and fewer prompts), saves battery life, and reduces the amount of traffic that is required to be sent on the wireless network.

In this invention we combine the two log-in steps.

The first step, as always, is to perform the WPA/EAP login.  We do everything normally, except for one extra step.  Once the connection has been established, we send the required VPN login information (user name/password, algorithms to use, etc.) in a final packet. The access point will pass this packet along to the server.

Once this is finished, the server will perform the VPN login on our behalf.  The server has access to our SecureID information, so it can provide it if necessary.

Once the log-in is complete,...