Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Marina BlantonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_32


Authentication is a broad term, which is normally referred to mechanisms of ensuring that entities are who they claim to be or that data has not been manipulated by unauthorized parties. Thus, entity authentication or identification refers to the means of verifying user identity, after which the user will be granted appropriate privileges. Data origin authentication refers to the means of ensuring that the data comes from an authentic source and has not been tampered with during the transmission.

Historical Background

The need for user authentication in early computer systems arose once it became possible to support multi-user environments. Similarly, data base systems that can be accessed by multiple users with different privileges have to rely on user authentication to enforce proper access control. There is a variety of mechanisms that allow users to authenticate themselves, but password-based authentication is currently the most widely used form of identification.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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  1. 1.DiSTAUniv. of InsubriaVareseItaly