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Authentication Vs Authorization

sankar narayanan

Joined: Aug 02, 2007
Posts: 11
Hi all,

I am new to java/jsp/servlets

can any one pls tell me the differnce between authentication and authorization?

Thanks in advance,
Michael Ku
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Joined: Apr 20, 2002
Posts: 510
Authentication is determining someone's identity (usually by means of a user name/password). Login is a form of Authentication.

Authorization is determining whether or not you have permission to do something. An example is "are you authorized to use a web page?".
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