[unisog] user (student) authentication infrastructure

Jordan K Wiens jwiens at nersp.nerdc.ufl.edu
Wed Mar 6 15:12:22 GMT 2002

Here at UF, all students, faculty, and staff have a common login/password
(called gatorlink) that is their authentication method for such access
points.  A system was developed on campus that is essentially a DMZ network
area that only allows access through it via a server that is set up to
authenticate students against that login information.

Any web session attempted once connected to these walkups is automatically
redirected to the authentication server where a whole is punched through
the firewall specifically for that machine.  I've heard of commercial
products that do the same thing, but none were available when we
investigated the issue orginally. Thankfully the method was set up for
walkup ethernet ports before we even deployed wireless, allowing easy
integration with the wireless.

More information is available here:

Jordan Wiens
UF Network Incident Response Team

On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Francois Dessart wrote:

> Hello,
> We are currently deploying a lot of "public" subnets in different building of the University.
> These networks are installed to provide Internet connectivity for students.
> Students have 3 ways to join the network:
> - fixed computers with various OS.
> - their own laptop through ethernet wires.
> - their own laptop through wireless access points.
> We would like to implement a common user authentication scheme for these 3 connecting ways.
> So the question: do you have such authentication infrastructure in your campus and what do you use to implement it?
> Thanks for your help.
> Francois.
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Francois DESSART
> Network Engineer - SEGI/ULG
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