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Kerberos FAQ, v2.0 (last modified 8/18/2000)
Section - 1.4. Where can I find out more information about Kerberos?

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If you're new to Kerberos, I would suggest you read:

   * Bill Bryant, "Designing an Authentication System: A Dialogue in Four

     A cute explanation of Kerberos protocol, in plain English. Technobabble
     is kept to a minimum.

   * Jeffrey I. Schiller, "Secure Distributed Computing", Scientific
     American, November 1994, pp 72-76.

     An excellent overview that covers all of the important details of the
     Kerberos protocol. It also explains how it's used at MIT as a "real
     world" example. This article could be useful in persuading manager
     droids that Kerberos is a good thing.

   * J. G. Steiner, B. Clifford Neuman, and J.I. Schiller, "Kerberos: An
     Authentication Service for Open Network Systems".

     The original paper describing Kerberos. A good general overview. It
     describes the encryption notation used by many other Kerberos papers,
     so it is definitely worth reading if you want to read other Kerberos

   * Brian Tung, "The Moron's Guide to Kerberos"

     Despite the title, goes into a fair amount of detail. I would suggest
     reading this after you have read one or more of the higher-level

The MIT Kerberos web page <> has many links
pointing to Kerberos resources.

One of the best tutorials for Kerberos is Jim Rowe's, "How To Kerberize Your
Site", which is available at:

   * <>

There is an RFC for Kerberos 5: RFC 1510, which is available at:


But it is a rather difficult read unless you already know a lot about how
Kerberos works.

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