05875296 is referenced by 494 patents and cites 11 patents.

A method of authenticating a Web client to a Web server connectable to a distributed file system of a distributed computing environment. The distributed computing environment includes a security service for returning a credential to a user authenticated to access the distributed file system. In response to receipt by the Web server of a user id and password from the Web client, a login protocol is executed with the security service. If the user can be authenticated, a credential is stored in a database of credentials associated with authenticated users. The Web server then returns to the Web client a persistent client state object having a unique identifier therein. This object, sometimes referred to as a cookie, is then used to enable the Web client to browse Web documents in the distributed file system. In particular, when the Web client desires to make a subsequest request to the distributed file system, the persistent client state object including the identifier is used in lieu of the user's id and password, which makes the session much more secure. In this operation, the cookie identifier is used as a pointer into the credential storage table, and the credential is then retrieved and used to facilitate multiple file accessess from the distributed file system. At the same time, the Web client may obtain access to Web server (as opposed to distributed file system) documents via conventional user id and password in an HTTP request.

Title
Distributed file system web server user authentication with cookies
Application Number
8/790041
Publication Number
5875296
Application Date
January 28, 1997
Publication Date
February 23, 1999
Inventor
Theodore Jack London Shrader
Cedar Park
TX, US
Mickella Ann Rosiles
Austin
TX, US
Bruce Arland Rich
Round Rock
TX, US
Ernst Robert Plassmann
Pflugerville
TX, US
Michael Bradford Ault
Austin
TX, US
Shaw Ben Shi
Austin
TX, US
Agent
David H Judson
Jeffrey S LaBaw
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 11/00
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