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I have a network information name service (NIS) server. I keep reading about the JNDI being used with LDAP, but I heard that the JNDI can work with NIS. To begin, my expertise with the JNDI is very shallow.

I created a simple JDBC applet for our operators that can change the passwords of Oracle users. As a security measure, I was asked if there was a way so an operator authenticates to use the applet. I was thinking about authenticating the operators through NIS on our UNIX system just to change passwords, not even using the UNIX shell.

My first hurdle is learning how to prompt in an applet for the authenticating password without it displaying in clear text. The only thing I can think of is using a JOptionPane.showInputDialog() to obtain the username and password. Using JNDI, authenticating to the NIS server.

I have no idea where I would begin.
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