Clients obtain tickets from the Kerberos Key Distribution Center KDC , and they present these tickets to servers when connections are established. Kerberos tickets represent the client's network credentials. Like NTLM, the Kerberos protocol uses the domain name, user name, and password to represent the client's identity. The initial Kerberos ticket obtained from the KDC when the user logs on is based on an encrypted hash of the user's password.

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The protocol was named after the character Kerberos or Cerberus from Greek mythology , the ferocious three-headed guard dog of Hades. Its designers aimed it primarily at a client—server model and it provides mutual authentication —both the user and the server verify each other's identity.

Kerberos protocol messages are protected against eavesdropping and replay attacks. Kerberos builds on symmetric key cryptography and requires a trusted third party , and optionally may use public-key cryptography during certain phases of authentication. Several versions of the protocol exist; versions 1—3 occurred only internally at MIT.

Kerberos version 4 was primarily designed by Steve Miller and Clifford Neuman. Neuman and John Kohl published version 5 in with the intention of overcoming existing limitations and security problems.

The Swedish implementation was based on a limited version called eBones. Updates included:. Founding sponsors include vendors such as Oracle , Apple Inc. Windows and later versions use Kerberos as its default authentication method.

Kerberos is used as preferred authentication method: In general, joining a client to a Windows domain means enabling Kerberos as default protocol for authentications from that client to services in the Windows domain and all domains with trust relationships to that domain. In contrast, when either client or server or both are not joined to a domain or not part of the same trusted domain environment , Windows will instead use NTLM for authentication between client and server.

Embedded implementation of the Kerberos V authentication protocol for client agents and network services running on embedded platforms is also available from companies.

The KDC issues a ticket-granting ticket TGT , which is time stamped and encrypts it using the ticket-granting service's TGS secret key and returns the encrypted result to the user's workstation.

This is done infrequently, typically at user logon; the TGT expires at some point although it may be transparently renewed by the user's session manager while they are logged in. When the client needs to communicate with a service on another node a "principal", in Kerberos parlance , the client sends the TGT to the TGS, which usually shares the same host as the KDC.

The client uses the SPN to request access to this service. After verifying that the TGT is valid and that the user is permitted to access the requested service, the TGS issues ticket and session keys to the client. The client then sends the ticket to the service server SS along with its service request. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Computer authentication protocol. Free and open-source software portal.

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John T. Kohl; B. Clifford Neuman; Theodore Y. Ts'o In Johansen, D. Distributed open systems. Cisco Systems. Retrieved 15 August Retrieved 7 December Civil Action No. Microsoft Corporation. Department of Justice. Bryant, Bill February Humorous play concerning how the design of Kerberos evolved.

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