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Web browser password management architecture

Hitachi ID Password Manager exposes a web user interface using a set of self-contained CGI programs, compiled as Windows binaries and running under any standards-compliant web server on the Windows platform.

The CGI architecture eliminates the need for an application server -- no .NET or Java runtime is needed to run the user interface. This both simplifies the architecture and improves runtime performance.

The CGI user interface programs accept input forms, assemble new screens using skin files (see below) and display new forms. CGI programs access user and policy data in the Password Manager database. They can also communicate with services on the Password Manager server and run connectors and plug-in programs.

Password Manager web pages are constructed at runtime from language files and HTML "skin" files -- consisting of HTML snippets. These may be modified to change the appearance of the UI, without having to modify product code.

This is implemented on the network with the following components:


    Web access architecture diagram

Read More:

  • Transparent Password Synchronization:
    How Password Manager intercepts native password changes on key systems and forwards new passwords to other applications.
  • Web Browser Password Management:
    How users are reminded to change passwords by e-mail or web pop-up and how they change multiple passwords to a single new value through the Password Manager web portal.
  • Login Prompt Access to Password Reset:
    How Password Manager enables users who locked themselves out of their PC login or boot prompt to resolve their problem without calling the help desk.
  • Telephone Password Reset:
    Enabling users to reset passwords and PINs and to recover full disk encryption keys over a telephone using Password Manager.
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