ASETKEY(8) AFS Command Reference ASETKEY(8)
asetkey - Add a key from a keytab to an AFS KeyFile
asetkey add <kvno> <keyfile> <principal>
asetkey add <kvno> <key>
asetkey delete <kvno>
The asetkey command is used to add a key to an AFS KeyFile from a Kerberos keytab. It is similar to bos addkey except that it must be run
locally on the system where the KeyFile is located and it takes the new key from the command line or a Kerberos 5 keytab rather than
prompting for the password.
asetkey delete can be used to delete a key (similar to bos removekeys), and asetkey list will list the keys in a KeyFile (similar to bos
asetkey is used when authentication for an AFS cell is provided by a Kerberos 5 KDC rather than kaserver. The key for the "afs" or
"afs/cell name" principal in the Kerberos 5 KDC must match the key stored in the AFS KeyFile on all AFS database servers and file servers.
This is done by creating a keytab containing that key using the standard Kerberos commands (generally the "ktadd" function of the kadmin
command) and then, on each AFS database server and file server, adding that key to the KeyFile with asetkey add. The kvno chosen should
match the kvno in the Kerberos KDC (checked with kvno or the "getprinc" function of kadmin). principal should be the name of the AFS
principal in the keytab, which must be either "afs" or "afs/cell name". asetkey can also be used to install a key from a hex string.
In cells that use the Update Server to distribute the contents of the /etc/openafs/server directory, it is conventional to run asetkey add
only on the control machine and then let the Update Server propagate the new KeyFile to all other systems.
AFS currently only supports des-cbc-crc:v4 Kerberos keys. Make sure, when creating the keytab with "ktadd", you pass "-e des-cbc-crc:v4"
to force the encryption type. Otherwise, AFS authentication may not work.
As soon as a new keytab is created with "ktadd", new AFS service tickets will use the new key. However, tokens formed from those service
tickets will only work if the new key is present in the KeyFile on the AFS file server. There is therefore an outage window between when
the new keytab is created and when the key had been added to the KeyFile of all AFS servers with asetkey, during which newly obtained AFS
tokens will not work properly.
All of the KeyFile entries must match the key in the Kerberos KDC, but each time "ktadd" is run, it creates a new key. Either the Update
Server must be used to distribute the KeyFile to all servers or the same keytab must be used with asetkey on each server.
The following commands create a new keytab for the principal "afs" and then import the key into the KeyFile. Note the kvno in the output
Authenticating as principal firstname.lastname@example.org with password.
Password for email@example.com:
kadmin: ktadd -k /tmp/afs.keytab -e des-cbc-crc:v4 afs
Entry for principal afs with kvno 3, encryption type DES cbc mode
with CRC-32 added to keytab WRFILE:/tmp/afs.keytab.
% asetkey add 3 /tmp/afs.keytab afs
You may want to use "afs/cell name" instead of "afs", particularly if you may have multiple AFS cells for a single Kerberos realm.
In the event you have been distributed a key by a Kerberos administrator in the form of a hex string, you may use asetkey to install that.
% asetkey add 3 80b6a7cd7a9dadb6
key should be an 8 byte hex representation.
The issuer must be able to read (for asetkey list) and write (for asetkey add and asetkey delete) the KeyFile, normally
/etc/openafs/server/KeyFile. In practice, this means that the issuer must be the local superuser "root" on the AFS file server or database
server. For asetkey add, the issuer must also be able to read the specified keytab file.
KeyFile(5), bos_addkey(8), bos_listkeys(8), bos_removekey(8), kadmin(8), kvno(1)
Copyright 2006 Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This documentation is covered by the IBM Public License Version 1.0. This man page was written by Russ Allbery for OpenAFS.
OpenAFS 2012-03-26 ASETKEY(8)