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Chapter 17. Building User Authentication > Introduction to ColdFusion User Secu...

Introduction to ColdFusion User Security

User security consists of two parts: authentication and authorization. The first stage, authentication, takes place when a user logs in with an assigned ID and password. This information is kept in memory by ColdFusion for as long as the user stays logged in or the session is active. ColdFusion supports two types of authentication: Basic HTTP authentication and Application authentication.

The second part of user security is authorization. That is, once the user is logged in to an application, a role is assigned to the user that determines the areas of the application that are available to him or her. All three of these security aspects are discussed in the following sections.


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