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RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service) Support For Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)



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Network Working Group                                           B. Aboba
Request for Comments: 3579                                     Microsoft
Updates: 2869                                                 P. Calhoun
Category: Informational                                        Airespace
                                                          September 2003


          RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service)
          Support For Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document defines Remote Authentication Dial In User Service
   (RADIUS) support for the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), an
   authentication framework which supports multiple authentication
   mechanisms.  In the proposed scheme, the Network Access Server (NAS)
   forwards EAP packets to and from the RADIUS server, encapsulated
   within EAP-Message attributes.  This has the advantage of allowing
   the NAS to support any EAP authentication method, without the need
   for method-specific code, which resides on the RADIUS server.  While
   EAP was originally developed for use with PPP, it is now also in use
   with IEEE 802.

   This document updates RFC 2869.

















Aboba & Calhoun              Informational


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