NTP Md5 or AutoKey?

Glen Kent glen.kent at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 02:39:20 CST 2008


So, can i safely assume that nobody deployes Autokey security for NTP
and the best that one does right now is by using the cryptographic
authentication provided in the base spec of NTPv4.

Cheers,
Glen

On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 11:59 AM, Kevin Oberman <oberman at es.net> wrote:
>> Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 22:23:07 -0800
>> From: "Paul Ferguson" <fergdawgster at gmail.com>
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 10:15 PM, Glen Kent <glen.kent at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I was wondering what most folks use for NTP security?
>> >
>> > Do they use the low cost, light weight symmetric key cryptographic
>> > protection method using MD5 or do folks go in for full digital
>> > signatures and X.509 certificates (AutoKey Security)?
>> >
>>
>> I'm just wondering -- in globak scheme of security issue, is NTP
>> security a major issue?
>>
>> Just curious.
>
> It's probably not a "major issue", but forged NTP data can, in theory,
> be used to allow the implementation of replay attacks. I'll admit I have
> never heard of a real-world case.
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