The assignee for this patent, patent number 8621584, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This disclosure relates generally to the field of automated login processes. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, it relates to a technique for wrapping multiple credential providers within a common credential provider object.
"During computer system startup using the Microsoft Windows XP.RTM. or Windows Server.RTM. 2003 operating systems, the Winlogon executable loads and executes a Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) dynamic-link library (DLL). (WINDOWS XP and WINDOWS SERVER are registered trademarks of the
"Using GINAs, software developers are able to customize the logon process user-experience by ensuring their custom
"Beginning in Windows Vista.RTM., the LogonUI process became responsible for rendering the graphical aspect of the logon window while the overall logon process is mediated through the use of credential providers (CPs). (WINDOWS VISTA is a registered trademark of the
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In one embodiment a method to control the user experience during computer logon operations is provided. The method includes creating (e.g., instantiating) a wrapping credential provider that n turn creates multiple credential providers, wherein each credential provider has a specified number of credentials and an ordered list of fields. In addition, each field has a credential provider specific identifier and descriptor. Once, or during, credential provider creation each credential provider may be assigned or obtain a unique provider index. A map list may then be generated based on the ordered lists of fields from each credential provider, wherein the order of fields from a single credential provide is preserved in the map list. One-use-only fields are identified in the map list and a unique identifier is assigned to the first instance of each one-use-only field, each subsequent instance of a one-use-only field is assigned the identifier given to the first instance of the same one-use-only field. The described methods may also provide a logon interface process (e.g., the Windows LogonUI process) with sufficient information that the logon interface process can display multiple tiles in a single window on a display device, wherein each of the multiple wrapped credential providers supports at least one of the displayed tiles. In another embodiment a computer executable program to implement the described methods may be stored in any non-transitory media that is readable and executable by a computer processor. Further, such a computer processor and computer executable program may be embodied in a computer system. Such a computer system may be a stand-alone system or it may be coupled to a communications network."
For more information, see this patent: Sturges, Philip M.. Credential Provider That Encapsulates Other Credential Providers. U.S. Patent Number 8621584, filed
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