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RE: [eap] RE: [Isms] RADIUS is not a trusted third party
Apler Yegin writes...
> I guess the AAA protocol that runs between the NAS and AAA server is a
> "wire" as you said, but the AAA server is the trusted third party.
> this make sense?
I think there is a subtle difference between a "trusted third party" and
a RADIUS server which may have bi-lateral trust relationships with
various parties. The RADIUS server will always have a trust
relationship with its enrolled Radius clients, via the shared secret.
Those clients may be NASes or they may be RADIUS proxy servers. RADIUS
trust is always hop-by-hop.
Strictly speaking, the RADIUS server has a trust relationship with the
human user only when the native RADIUS password database is used as the
source of authentication credentials. Most often, the RADIUS server
relies on some other authentication service (e.g. Active Directory,
LDAP, NIS, etc.). One tends to think of this as a single entity, and
for certain purposes this is fine. For other purposes, we need to
retain the distinction.
The host (e.g. via a machine certificate) may also have a trust
relationship, but once again this relationship is typically with an EAP
server "attached" to the Radius server, which may in turn rely on other
A more typical example of a "trusted third party" is a Kerberos KDC
which does in fact directly share credentials with all enrolled
principals (human users, hosts or applications).
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