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Using SSL Authentication

Note: This topic applies to the Inverness Release.

The Smoothwall provides Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Login as a built-in authentication mechanism which can be used by authentication-enabled services to apply permissions and restrictions on a customized, per-user basis.

When SSL Login is configured, network users requesting port 80 for outbound web access are automatically redirected to a secure login page, the SSL Login page, and prompted for their user credentials.

The SSL Login page can be manually accessed by users wishing to pro-actively authenticate themselves, typically where they need to use a non-web authentication-enabled service, for example, group bridging, or where only a small subset of users require authentication.

SSL Login authentication works by dynamically adding a rule for the IP address of each authenticated user, thus allowing SSL Login redirection to be bypassed for authenticated users. When an authenticated user logs out or exceeds the time-out limit, the rule is removed and future outbound requests on port 80 will again cause automatic redirection to the SSL Login.

For information about the authentication methods that can be used with SSL login, see Managing Authentication Policies.