You can set up your database to allow users to connect using an external authentication mechanism such as LDAP, PAM, Kerberos, or Microsoft Windows integrated login.
The standard or default method to connect to a database is to provide a user ID and password that is known to the database.
In addition to standard authentication, the database server supports the following authentication mechanisms:
These authentication mechanisms are convenient for users and administrators as they permit a single security system for database, operating system, and network security. Other advantages include:
These authentication mechanisms offer the convenience of a single security system, but there are important security concerns that database administrators should be familiar with, such as unrestricted database access and copies of database files. Ensure that you are aware of these concerns and how to address them.