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Authentication Using ColdFusion MX

Authentication ensures that only valid users can access applications. ColdFusion maintains the user identification information while the user is logged in. Authorization ensures that the valid user who has logged in is allowed to use a page or perform an operation.

While authentication is an individual user-level process, authorization is common for a group of users having a common characteristic. For example, all the members of a department in a company would have similar authorization to use the applications, while each member would have a different username and password for authentication.


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