Questions tagged [kerberos]

Kerberos is a network authentication protocol designed to allow nodes, communicating over a non-secure network, to prove their identity to one another in a secure manner.

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Why do I need Kerberos when I could just use a username and password to access services?

I have read that Kerberos is used for authenticating users who wish to access services on various servers in an enterprise network, but I still do not understand the purpose of Kerberos. Why doesn't ...
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Kerberos authentication over the public internet

What are the threats to having the KDC accessible via the internet for remote clients? It's my understanding that the authentication is a challenge/response protocol and that the password is never ...
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What's the difference between Radius and Kerberos?

Is Radius just a better version of Kerberos? I can't find anything about this. If you set up a Radius server in a modern network do you need Kerberos at all?
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Kerberos replay attack

Suppose I want to send a command to a print server on a netwerk that has been secured with Kerberos. To do so, I authenticate myself to the KDC and get a TGT, and then another ticket from the TGS for ...
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Does the Kerberos KDC know the users' plaintext passwords?

In http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/kerberos5.html section 15.7.8.3 “The KDC is a Single Point of Failure” you can read: By design, the KDC must be as secure as the master password database is ...