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PIX Authentication timer

I have a requirement to authenticate all outbound HTTP connections.

I would like the user to have to authenticate once per session. By session I mean, they open the browser, point to an external site, get prompted for authentication, authenticate and now they can browse to any site they want to without having to re-authenticate. If they close their browser, they are again prompted for authentication.

This is not how the PIX works as far as I can tell. The PIX uses the internal uauth timer which basically has an absolute timeout or an inactivity timeout. In my testing, this has been problem because if a the uauth is set too low the user is re-prompted a number of times during one session. If the timer is set too high, the user could potentially close their browser, shut down the machine, a different user logs in on the same machine and then hi-jacks the authenticated HTTP session from the previous user. This is not acceptable.

Does anyone know of a way that I can authenticate on browser session with the PIX? I know Symantec Enterprise Firewall works this way. Am I not getting my timers right?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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