Superpatterns Pat Patterson on the Cloud, Identity and Single Malt Scotch

4Sep/082

OpenSSO Authentication Modules – Hitachi Finger Vein Biometric, Verisign Identity Protection, RSA Access Manager

I've blogged before on OpenSSO Extensions - useful modules that do not fit into the OpenSSO 'core'. Among the various categories of extension are 'authentication modules' - one of the most common customizations for OpenSSO and Access Manager. An authentication module supports a particular mechanism for collecting and verifying a user's credentials - common mechanisms that are supported out-of-the-box include username/password against LDAP, client certificates (encompassing browser certs and smartcards) and Windows Desktop SSO (aka SPNEGO, aka Kerberos).

Of course, technology refuses to stand still, and new authentication mechanisms are constantly being developed and deployed - new biometrics, hardware tokens, even whole new authentication protocols. Over the past few months, we've seen a clutch of new authentication modules in OpenSSO, so it's time to take a look at what's new...

So, three very different authentication modules. Maybe you have an idea for a fourth?

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  1. Hi Pat,

    Where can I find the Hitachi FV module or information about it described above?

    I can’t seem to get to the place intended by the links, so plse could you do me this favor?

    KR’s and Thx in advance – Chris

  2. Hi Chris – I’ll drop you an email.


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