Authentication - Method / Protocol / Scheme


The authentication methods / construct / protocol validates the identity of a user (ie validates who you are).

The method is implemented by a (identify|authentication) provider.


Username / Password

In the traditional client-server authentication model, the third-party application requests an access-restricted resource (protected resource) on the server by authenticating with the server using the resource owner's credentials (generally a username/password). The resource owner shares then its credentials with the third party app.

Protocol Name Cleartext HTTPS
HTML form-based Yes Mandatory
Authentication - Basic Authentication (HTTP) Yes Mandatory
Authentication - HTTP Digest Access Authentication No Optional

The cleartext protocols should be used together with HTTPS to encrypt the credentials in transit.

Identity assertion

An Identity assertion Authentication use as credentials:


Strong authentication are generally based on identity assertion

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