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MONKEYSPHERE(7) 						 System Frameworks						   MONKEYSPHERE(7)

monkeysphere - ssh and TLS authentication framework using OpenPGP Web of Trust DESCRIPTION
Monkeysphere is a framework to leverage the OpenPGP web of trust for OpenSSH and TLS key-based authentication. OpenPGP keys are tracked via GnuPG, and added to the authorized_keys and known_hosts files used by OpenSSH for connection authentication. Monkeysphere can also be used by a validation agent to validate TLS connections (e.g. https). IDENTITY CERTIFIERS
Each host that uses the Monkeysphere to authenticate its remote users needs some way to determine that those users are who they claim to be. SSH permits key-based authentication, but we want instead to bind authenticators to human-comprehensible user identities. This switch from raw keys to User IDs makes it possible for administrators to see intuitively who has access to an account, and it also enables end users to transition keys (and revoke compromised ones) automatically across all Monkeysphere-enabled hosts. The User IDs and certifica- tions that the Monkeysphere relies on are found in the OpenPGP Web of Trust. However, in order to establish this binding, each host must know whose cerifications to trust. Someone who a host trusts to certify User Identities is called an Identity Certifier. A host must have at least one Identity Certifier in order to bind User IDs to keys. Commonly, every ID Certifier would be trusted by the host to fully identify any User ID, but more nuanced approaches are possible as well. For exam- ple, a given host could specify a dozen ID certifiers, but assign them all "marginal" trust. Then any given User ID would need to be cer- tified in the OpenPGP Web of Trust by at least three of those certifiers. It is also possible to limit the scope of trust for a given ID Certifier to a particular domain. That is, a host can be configured to fully (or marginally) trust a particular ID Certifier only when they certify identities within, say, (based on the e-mail address in the User ID). KEY ACCEPTABILITY
The monkeysphere commands work from a set of user IDs to determine acceptable keys for ssh and TLS authentication. OpenPGP keys are con- sidered acceptable if the following criteria are met: capability The key must have the `authentication' (`a') usage flag set. validity The key itself must be valid, i.e. it must be well-formed, not expired, and not revoked. certification The relevant user ID must be signed by a trusted identity certifier. HOST IDENTIFICATION
The OpenPGP keys for hosts have associated `service names` (OpenPGP user IDs) that are based on URI specifications for the service. Some examples: ssh: ssh://[:port] https:[:port] AUTHOR
Written by: Jameson Rollins <>, Daniel Kahn Gillmor <> SEE ALSO
monkeysphere(1), monkeysphere-host(8), monkeysphere-authentication(8), openpgp2ssh(1), pem2openpgp(1), gpg(1),, ssh(1), monkeysphere March 2010 MONKEYSPHERE(7)

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MSVA-PERL(1)						User Contributed Perl Documentation					      MSVA-PERL(1)

msva-perl - Perl implementation of a Monkeysphere Validation Agent SYNOPSIS
msva-perl [ COMMAND [ ARGS ... ] ] ABSTRACT
msva-perl provides a Perl implementation of the Monkeysphere Validation Agent, a certificate validation service. INTRODUCTION
The Monkeysphere Validation Agent offers a local service for tools to validate certificates (both X.509 and OpenPGP) and other public keys. Clients of the validation agent query it with a public key carrier (a raw public key, or some flavor of certificate), the supposed name of the remote peer offering the pubkey, and the context in which the validation check is relevant (e.g. ssh, https, etc). The validation agent then tells the client whether it was able to successfully validate the peer's use of the public key in the given context. USAGE
Launched with no arguments, msva-perl simply runs and listens forever. Launched with arguments, it sets up a listener, spawns a subprocess using the supplied command and arguments, but with the MONKEYSPHERE_VALIDATION_AGENT_SOCKET environment variable set to refer to its listener. When the subprocess terminates, msva-perl tears down the listener and exits as well, returning the same value as the subprocess. This is a similar invocation pattern to that of ssh-agent(1). ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
msva-perl is configured by means of environment variables. MSVA_LOG_LEVEL msva-perl logs messages about its operation to stderr. MSVA_LOG_LEVEL controls its verbosity, and should be one of (in increasing verbosity): silent, quiet, fatal, error, info, verbose, debug, debug1, debug2, debug3. Default is 'error'. MSVA_ALLOWED_USERS If your system is capable of it, msva-perl tries to figure out the owner of the connecting client. If MSVA_ALLOWED_USERS is unset, msva-perl will only permit connections from the user msva is running as. If you set MSVA_ALLOWED_USERS, msva-perl will treat it as a list of local users (by name or user ID) who are allowed to connect. MSVA_PORT msva-perl listens on a local TCP socket to facilitate access. You can choose what port to bind to by setting MSVA_PORT. Default is to bind on an arbitrary open port. MSVA_KEYSERVER msva-perl will request information from OpenPGP keyservers. Set MSVA_KEYSERVER to declare the keyserver you want it to check with. If this variable is blank or unset, and your gpg.conf contains a keyserver declaration, it will use the GnuPG configuration. Failing that, the default is 'hkp://'. MSVA_KEYSERVER_POLICY msva-perl must decide when to check with keyservers (for new keys, revocation certificates, new certifications, etc). There are three possible options: 'always' means to check with the keyserver on every query it receives. 'never' means to never check with a keyserver. 'unlessvalid' will only check with the keyserver on a specific query if no keys are already locally known to be valid for the requested peer. Default is 'unlessvalid'. MSVA_MONITOR_CHANGES Under graphical environments such as X11, msva-perl is capable of monitoring for changes in its underlying code and can prompt the user to restart the daemon when some of the underlying code changes. Setting this environmnt variable to 'true' enables this monitoring and prompting behavior. Default is 'false'. COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL DETAILS
Communications with the Monkeysphere Validation Agent are in the form of JSON requests over plain HTTP. Responses from the agent are also JSON objects. For details on the structure of the requests and responses, please see SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
msva-perl deliberately binds to the IPv4 loopback (on so that remote users do not get access to the daemon. On systems (like Linux) which report ownership of TCP sockets in /proc/net/tcp, msva-perl will refuse access from random users (see MSVA_ALLOWED_USERS above). SEE ALSO
monkeysphere(1), monkeysphere(7), ssh-agent(1) BUGS AND FEEDBACK
Bugs or feature requests for msva-perl should be filed with the Monkeysphere project's bug tracker at AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Daniel Kahn Gillmor <<gt> The Monkeysphere Team COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE
Copyright AX Daniel Kahn Gillmor and others from the Monkeysphere team. msva-perl is free software, distributed under the GNU Public License, version 3 or later. perl v5.14.2 2013-02-08 MSVA-PERL(1)
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