Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Deployment Planning Guide

Considering Dependencies and Constraints

In order to perform Kerberos-based single sign-on to OpenSSO Enterprise, the user client must support the SPNEGO protocol. Any client that supports the SPNEGO protocol should be compatible with the OpenSSO Windows Desktop SSO Authentication module. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer (5.01 or later) running on Windows 2000 (or later) currently supports the SPNEGO protocol. Additionally, Mozilla 1.5 (or later) and Safari 2.0 (or later) also support SPNEGO.

The current implementation of the Windows Desktop SSO Authentication module supports only Kerberos tokens using on the SPNEGO protocol, and does not support the Windows Challenge/Response (NTLM) token at all. If the user's browser submits an NTLM token instead of a Kerberos token, the Windows Desktop SSO Authentication module returns a 401 error back to the browser.