Security Mechanism Independence in ONC RPC
Mike Eisler, SunSoft, Inc.
Roland J. Schemers III, Stanford University
Raj Srinivasan, ControlNet, Inc.
Generic Security Services API (GSS-API)  provides a framework for
security services. It allows source level portability. It allows
applications to run independently of the underlying security
mechanisms and technologies.
To provide security mechanism independence in ONC RPC [1, 2, 3], this
paper proposes a new security flavor, RPCSEC_GSS. RPCSEC_GSS
incorporates services offered by the GSS-API into ONC RPC. Using the
programming interface for the RPCSEC_GSS flavor, ONC RPC applications
can specify a GSS-API security mechanism to be used with an RPC
session, and also request security services, such as integrity and
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