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	Title		: An Extension to HTTP : Digest Access 
                          Authentication
	Author(s)	: J. Franks, A. Luotonen, P. Leach, J. Hostetler, 
                          P. Hallam-Baker
	Filename	: draft-ietf-http-digest-aa-rev-00.txt
	Pages		: 18
	Date		: 1997-07-30
	
The protocol referred to as 'HTTP/1.0' includes the specification for
   a Basic Access Authentication scheme.  This scheme is not considered
   to be a secure method of user authentication, as the user name and
   password are passed over the network as clear text.  A specification
   for a different authentication scheme is needed to address this
   severe limitation.  This document provides specification for such a
   scheme, referred to as 'Digest Access Authentication'.  Like Basic,
   Digest access authentication verifies that both parties to a
   communication know a shared secret (a password); unlike Basic, this
   verification can be done without sending the password in the clear,
   which is Basic's biggest weakness. As with most other authentication
   protocols, the greatest sources of risks are usually found not in the
   core protocol itself but in policies and procedures surrounding its
   use. 

   This is the final draft of any document under this name.  Digest and
   Basic Authentication from the HTTP/1.1 specification will be combined
   and issued as a document titled 'Authentication in HTTP'.Our intent
   is that RFC 2068 and RFC 2069 will go to draft standard as a pair of
   documents, but with all authentication schemes (Digest and Basic)
   documented together in a single place.  This transition has not yet
   taken place.

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