”KERBEROS”Mr. Rakesh R. Rajgopal Prof. D. A. Sananse
CONTENTS INTRODUCTION History Motivation WHAT IS KERBEROS? TERMINOLOGY WORKING KERBEROS ENVIRONMENT KERBEROS DATABASE KERBEROS ADMINISTRATOR ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES PUBLIC KEY CRYPTOGRAPHY CONCLUSION REFERENCES
INTRODUCTIONHistory Developed at the MIT during development of Project called Athena started in 1983 with UNIX timesharing computers.Motivation It must be secure. It must be reliable. It should be transparent. It should be scalable.
What is Kerberos?In an open network computing environment, a workstationcannot be trusted to identify its Users correctly. Trusted third-party authentication service.Monstrous three-headed guard dog of Hades.Authentication protocol for trusted hosts on un-trusted networks.Provide reliable authentication over open and insecure networks.Uses secret-key cryptography with symmetric Needham-Schroeder protocol.
Realm: TERMINOLOGY Indicates an authentication administrator domain. Principal: It is the name used to refer to the entries in AS. Ticket: It is issued by AS & Encrypted using Secret key of Service. Encryption: Encryption type: DES, RC4-HMAC, AES128 &AES256 algorithms. Encryption key Salt Key Version Number (kvno)
Key Distribution Center (KDC): Database: Contains information about Users & Services. Authentication Server (AS): Give reply to initial authentication Request from Client & issues TGT. Ticket Granting Server (TGS): Distributes Service tickets to client. Session Key: It is secret between Users & Services for which a client has work session open on a server. Replay Cache Credential Cache: Used to store password & related session key.
Working of KerberosStep 1: (Fig 1) The AS, receives the requestby the client and verifies that theclient. Fig. 1 Authentication service verifies the user ID
Step 2: Upon verification, a timestamp iscreated with current time in a usersession with expiration date. The timestamp ensures that when8 hours is up, the encryption key isuseless.Step 3: (Fig 2) The key is sent back to theclient in the form of a TGT. Fig. 2 Authentication service issues TGT.
Step 4: (Fig 3) The client submits the TGTto the TGS, to get authenticated. Fig. 3 Client submits TGT to TGS.
Step 5: (Fig. 4) The TGS creates an encrypted key with a timestamp and grants the client a service ticket. Step 6: The client decrypts the ticket & send ACK to TGS. Fig. 4 TGS grants client the service ticket.
Step 7: Then sends its own encryptedkey to the service server. The service decrypts the key and check timestamp is still valid or not. If it is, the service contacts the KDC to receive a session that is returned to the client. Fig. 5 Service server decrypts key & checks timestamp
Step 8: (Fig. 6) The client decrypts the ticket. If the keys are still valid , comm- -unication is initiated between client and server. Now the client is authenticated until the session expires. Fig. 6 For valid keys communication is initiated.
Kerberos Environment First, Kerberos infrastructure contain at least one Kerberos Server. The KDC holds a complete database of user and service keys. Second, Kerberos-enabled clients and services called kerberized clients and services.1. Typical Infrastructure(Fig. 7)2. Kerberized Services Fig. 7 A possible Kerberos environment
Kerberos Database Kerberos operations requirs both read only and write access is done through Kerberos database. From figure operations requiring read- only access to the Kerberos database are performed by the AS(KDBM), which can run on both master and slave M/c. Fig. 8 Authentication Requests.
From figure we may say that changes may only be made to the Master Kerberos database where Slave copies are read-only. Therefore, the KDBM server may only run on the master Kerberos M/c. Fig. Administration Requests.
Kerberos Administrator It manages and controls all the Operations & Functions of Kerberos. Running a program to initialize database. Register essential principals in the database. Kerberos administration server and AS must be started up properly. For new Kerberos application ,it must take few steps to get it working. It must be registered in the database Assigned a private key It must also ensure that Kerberos machines are physically secure & also able to maintain backups of the Master database.
Advantages: Passwords are never sent across the network unencrypted. Clients and applications services mutually authenticated. Tickets have a limited lifetime. Authentication through the AS only has to happen once. Sharing secret keys is more efficient than public-keys.Disadvantages Kerberos only provides authentication for clients and services. Vulnerable to users making poor password choices. Client M/c and service(servers) M/c to be designed with Kerberos authentication in mind.
PUBLIC KEY CRYPTOGRAPHYIn Public Key Cryptography two different but mathematically relatedkeys are used.The public key may be freely distributed, while its paired private keymust remain secret.The public key is typically used for encryption, while the private orsecret key is used for decryption.It give new direction to Kerberos as it eases key distribution a lot.KDC doesn’t need to save client keys in its database.To obtain a TGT, the client has to present his public key.A trusted certification authority (CA) has to sign every valid public key.
CONCLUSIONResearched and developed for over 8 years.Kerberos doesn’t fail to deliver services.Ex:- Cisco, Microsoft, Apple, and many others.As authentication is critical for the security of computersystems, traditional authentication methods are not suitablefor use in computer networks The Kerberos authentication system is well suited forauthentication of users in such environments.
REFERENCESComputer Networking by James Kurose and Keith Rose.Kerberos: Network Authentication System by Brain Pung.Introduction to Kerberos technology.http://web.mit.edu/Kerberos/http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/http://www.google.co.in/
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