Web Server Validation of Credentials

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A web server can grant access to an internet user trying to access a web application. These grants are typically file access grants on a per-folder basis.

The web server requires the user to specify credentials unless it grants unrestricted access to all users. Credential checks range from plain password checks to more sophisticated authentication, responding to challenges that require client certificates. Also, a number of additional (third party) security products exist that integrate with the web server authentication, for example RSA security tokens.