MONKEYSPHERE-AUTHENTICATION(8) System Commands MONKEYSPHERE-AUTHENTICATION(8)
monkeysphere-authentication - Monkeysphere authentication admin tool.
monkeysphere-authentication subcommand [args]
Monkeysphere is a framework to leverage the OpenPGP Web of Trust (WoT) for key-based authentication. OpenPGP keys are tracked via GnuPG,
and added to the authorized_keys files used by OpenSSH for connection authentication.
monkeysphere-authentication is a Monkeysphere server admin utility for configuring and managing SSH user authentication through the WoT.
monkeysphere-authentication takes various subcommands:
Rebuild the monkeysphere-controlled authorized_keys files. For each specified account, the user ID's listed in the account's autho-
rized_user_ids file are processed. For each user ID, gpg will be queried for keys associated with that user ID, optionally querying
a keyserver. If an acceptable key is found (see KEY ACCEPTABILITY in monkeysphere(7)), the key is added to the account's monkey-
sphere-controlled authorized_keys file. If the RAW_AUTHORIZED_KEYS variable is set, then a separate authorized_keys file (usually
~USER/.ssh/authorized_keys) is appended to the monkeysphere-controlled authorized_keys file. If no accounts are specified, then all
accounts on the system are processed. `u' may be used in place of `update-users'.
Output to stdout authorized_keys lines for USER. This command behaves exactly like update-users (above), except that the resulting
authorized_keys lines are output to stdout, instead of being written to the monkeysphere-controlled authorized_keys file.
Refresh all keys in the monkeysphere-authentication keyring. If no accounts are specified, then all accounts on the system are pro-
cessed. `r' may be used in place of `refresh-keys'.
Instruct system to trust user identity certifications made by KEYID. The key ID will be loaded from the keyserver. A file may be
loaded instead of pulling the key from the keyserver by specifying the path to the file as the argument, or by specifying `-' to
load from stdin. Using the `-n' or `--domain' option allows you to indicate that you only trust the given KEYID to make identifica-
tions within a specific domain (e.g. "trust KEYID to certify user identities within the @example.org domain"). A certifier trust
level can be specified with the `-t' or `--trust' option (possible values are `marginal' and `full' (default is `full')). A certi-
fier trust depth can be specified with the `-d' or `--depth' option (default is 1). `c+' may be used in place of `add-id-certi-
Instruct system to ignore user identity certifications made by KEYID. `c-' may be used in place of `remove-id-certifier'.
List key IDs trusted by the system to certify user identities. `c' may be used in place of `list-id-certifiers'.
Show the monkeysphere version number. `v' may be used in place of `version'.
help Output a brief usage summary. `h' or `?' may be used in place of `help'.
setup Setup the server in preparation for Monkeysphere user authentication. This command is idempotent and run automatically by the other
commands, and should therefore not usually need to be run manually. `s' may be used in place of `setup'.
Review the state of the server with respect to authentication. `d' may be used in place of `diagnostics'.
Execute a gpg command, as the monkeysphere user, on the monkeysphere authentication `sphere' keyring. This takes a single argument
(i.e. multiple gpg arguments need to be quoted all together). Use this command with caution, as modifying the authentication sphere
keyring can affect ssh user authentication.
SETUP USER AUTHENTICATION
If the server will handle user authentication through monkeysphere-generated authorized_keys files, the server must be told which keys will
act as identity certifiers. This is done with the add-id-certifier command:
# monkeysphere-authentication add-id-certifier KEYID
where KEYID is the key ID of the server admin, or whoever's certifications should be acceptable to the system for the purposes of authenti-
cating remote users. You can run this command multiple times to indicate that multiple certifiers are trusted. You may also specify a
filename instead of a key ID, as long as the file contains a single OpenPGP public key. Certifiers can be removed with the remove-id-cer-
tifier command, and listed with the list-id-certifiers command.
A remote user will be granted access to a local account based on the appropriately-signed and valid keys associated with user IDs listed in
that account's authorized_user_ids file. By default, the authorized_user_ids file for an account is ~/.monkeysphere/authorized_user_ids.
This can be changed in the monkeysphere-authentication.conf file.
The update-users command is used to generate authorized_keys files for a local account based on the user IDs listed in the account's autho-
# monkeysphere-authentication update-users USER
Not specifying USER will cause all accounts on the system to updated. The ssh server can use these monkeysphere-generated authorized_keys
files to grant access to user accounts for remote users. In order for sshd to look at the monkeysphere-generated authorized_keys file for
user authentication, the AuthorizedKeysFile parameter must be set in the sshd_config to point to the monkeysphere-generated authorized_keys
It is recommended to add "monkeysphere-authentication update-users" to a system crontab, so that user keys are kept up-to-date, and key
revocations and expirations can be processed in a timely manner.
The following environment variables will override those specified in the config file (defaults in parentheses):
User to control authentication keychain. (monkeysphere)
Set the log level. Can be SILENT, ERROR, INFO, VERBOSE, DEBUG, in increasing order of verbosity. (INFO)
OpenPGP keyserver to use. (pool.sks-keyservers.net)
Whether or not to check the keyserver when making gpg queries. (true)
Path to user's authorized_user_ids file. %h gets replaced with the user's homedir, %u with the username. (%h/.monkeysphere/autho-
Path to regular ssh-style authorized_keys file to append to monkeysphere-generated authorized_keys. `none' means not to add any raw
authorized_keys file. %h gets replaced with the user's homedir, %u with the username. (%h/.ssh/authorized_keys)
If set to `false', never prompt the user for confirmation. (true)
If set to `false', ignore too-loose permissions on known_hosts, authorized_keys, and authorized_user_ids files. NOTE: setting this
to false may expose users to abuse by other users on the system. (true)
System monkeysphere-authentication config file.
If monkeysphere-authentication is configured to query an hkps keyserver, it will use X.509 Certificate Authority certificates in
this file to validate any X.509 certificates used by the keyserver. If the monkeysphere-authentication-x509 file is present, the
monkeysphere-x509 file will be ignored.
Monkeysphere-controlled user authorized_keys files.
A list of OpenPGP user IDs, one per line. OpenPGP keys with an exactly-matching User ID (calculated valid by the designated iden-
tity certifiers), will have any valid authorization-capable keys or subkeys added to the given user's authorized_keys file. Any
line with initial whitespace will be interpreted as ssh authorized_keys options applicable to the preceding User ID.
This man page was written by: Jameson Rollins <email@example.com>, Daniel Kahn Gillmor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matthew Goins
monkeysphere(1), monkeysphere-host(8), monkeysphere(7), gpg(1), ssh(1), sshd(8), sshd_config(5)
monkeysphere July 3, 2010 MONKEYSPHERE-AUTHENTICATION(8)