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Secure Web-Based Access to High-Performance Computing Resources



R P. McCormack, J E. Koontz, J E. Devaney


An authentication framework is described that provides a secure meansor clients to access remote computing resources via the Web. Clientsauthenticate themselves to a proxy Web server using a secure protocoland a digital certificate. The server constructs a fingerprint(digest) of the certificate using a secure hash function. This hashvalue acts as a user's identification, which is used to obtain remotelogin information for that user from an authentication database.Client commands can then be executed by the Web server on remote hostsusing the Secure Shell protocol. The system does not require a largeamount of specialized software, and creates a secure, encrypted chainbetween the client and any number of remote resources.
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remote access, security, SSH, SSL, Web access, WebSubmit


McCormack, R. , Koontz, J. and Devaney, J. (1999), Secure Web-Based Access to High-Performance Computing Resources, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created January 15, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017