Automatic Login to Websites, Target Systems
Passwords of remote systems, applications and websites are stored in PMP. Normally, to login to the systems and applications, you need to copy the password from PMP and paste it in the target system. PMP provides an option for automatically logging in to the target systems and applications directly from the PMP web interface eliminating the need for copying and pasting of passwords.
PMP provides three kinds of Auto Logon Mechanisms:
- Auto Logon Gateway for launching Windows RDP, SSH and Telnet sessions: PMP comes bundled with RDP, SSH and Telnet session gateways. This allows users to launch remote terminal sessions from their browser that are tunneled through the PMP server. The remote terminal sessions are emulated in the browser screen itself and hence there is no need for installing any plug-in or agent in any end-points. This feature is extremely secure as the passwords for remote sessions do not even come to the browser.
- Auto Logon Helper Scripts for launching custom programs from the user's browser: This can be enabled by configuring helper scripts which will be invoked by the browser, in the user's machine. The script is nothing but a command specific to the operating system, which the users normally use to connect to the target systems (for exampls telnet, rdp, putty etc). Due to inherent security restrictions in the browsers, users have to download and install browser specific plug-ins one time to be able to invoke operating system commands.
- One-click Log in to Web Applications: You can setup PMP to auto-fill the login page of web applications with appropriate username/password information, to allow users to login to those apps with just a few clicks, instead of manually entering the information. This is achieved by the users installing the PMP bookmarklet in their browsers. A browser bookmark typically contains a static URL and clicking the bookmark opens the URL. A bookmarklet is similar to a browser bookmark, but additionally it contains a piece of unobtrusive script. Clicking on the bookmarklet not only opens the URL, but executes the script which can be used to perform a few tasks on the opened URL. A bookmarklet is a secure mechanism to bring dynamism to browser bookmarks. To use auto logon, the user clicks the right resource-name/account-name pair and then the PMP bookmarklet in the bookmarks bar. This bookmarklet first opens the URL of the web app and then executes a script that accesses the PMP web server, retrieves the username/password for the requested web app, populates the fields in the login page of the web app and finally submits the page for authentication.