Patent Number: 7,770,214

Title: Apparatus, system, and method for establishing a reusable and reconfigurable model for fast and persistent connections in database drivers

Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for establishing a reusable and reconfigurable trusted connection within a trusted context. The invention enhances interoperability with any existing authentication methods including the Kerberos, the DCE, and a combination of a user name and a password. The present invention includes common interfaces in a database driver for a middleware server to obtain a trusted connection. The invention enhances trusted context interoperability by allowing different types of trusted connections such as a normal connection, a pooled connection, or even a distribution transaction connection. The database driver generates unique identifiable information once a trusted connection is authenticated that can be utilized to reuse and reconfigure the trusted connection without re-authentication. The present invention allows various types of trusted connections to be established through any authentication mechanisms and allows those trusted connections to be reused and reconfigured, even by a different client, in a fast and persistent way.

Inventors: Lee; Bilung (Fremont, CA), Gao; Huaxin (San Jose, CA), Ostler; Paul A. (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04L 9/32 (20060101); H04L 29/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/03/12018