common applications service element

Common Authentication Service Adapter

CASA is an open source component infrastructure for securely storing credential and other confidential data that can be used for authentication, single sign-on (SSO) and other purposes by users, services and applications on a desktop or server operating system.


   * Open Source and part of the SUSE distribution (Also available on Windows).
   * Credential service for Enabling applications to single sign-On.
   * Leverages the Desktop identity and login for access control.
   * Scalable and fault tolerant.
   * Cross-platform support (Linux, and Windows).
   * Supports managing multiple identity repositories (GKring, KWallet, FireFox Password Manager).
   * Provides a storage (vault) for credentials and secrets.
   * Supports multiple authentication schemes.
   * Forward compatible.
   * Network Authentication component is token based.
   * Provides the ability for a single point of management for multiple credential stores.
   * Supports session based or presistant storage for credentials.
   * Supports sharing of credentials.
   * Supports linking of credentials among different stores.

CASA is Not

   * A Network or desktop login infrastructure.
   * Mechanisms/APIs for changing and setting passwords in applications.
   * Application login policy enforcer

Novell ships the Common Authentication Service Adapter (CASA) PAM module with its Linux desktop and server products. In a default installation, the CASA PAM module is configured for use with the XDM, GDM, login, and SSH services.

Bandit Project CASA

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