Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Technical Overview

Client Detection

An initial step in the authenticating process is to identify the type of client making the HTTP(S) request. This Access Manager feature is known as client detection. The URL information in the HTTP(S) request is used to retrieve the client’s characteristics. Based on these characteristics, the appropriate authentication pages are returned. For example, when a Netscape browser is used to request a web page, Access Manager displays an HTML login page. Once the user is validated, the client type Netscape browser is added to the session token.