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8.2.6. Setting Up Kerberos Authentication

In order to set up Kerberos authentication, you need to know the address of your key distribution center (KDC) and the Kerberos domain. The client configuration is then stored in the /etc/sssd/sssd.conf file.
The Kerberos 5 authentication back end does not contain an identity provider and must be paired with one in order to function properly (for example, id_provider = ldap). Some information required by the Kerberos 5 authentication back end must be supplied by the identity provider, such as the user's Kerberos Principal Name (UPN). The identity provider configuration should contain an entry to specify this UPN. Refer to the manual page for the applicable identity provider for details on how to configure the UPN.
If the UPN is not available in the identity back end, SSSD will construct a UPN using the format username@krb5_realm.
SSSD assumes that the Kerberos KDC is also a Kerberos kadmin server. However, it is very common for production environments to have multiple, read-only replicas of the KDC, but only a single kadmin server (because password changes and similar procedures are comparitively rare). To manage this type of configuration, you can use the krb5_kpasswd option to specify where your password changing service is running, or if it is running on a non-default port. Refer to the sssd-krb5(5) manual page for more information about this and all Kerberos configuration options.
How to Set Up Kerberos Authentication
Edit your /etc/sssd/sssd.conf file to reflect the following example:
# A domain with identities provided by LDAP and authentication by Kerberos
enumerate = false
id_provider = ldap
chpass_provider = krb5
ldap_uri = ldap://
ldap_search_base = dc=mydomain,dc=org
tls_reqcert = demand
ldap_tls_cacert = /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt

auth_provider = krb5
krb5_kdcip =
krb5_realm = EXAMPLE.COM
krb5_changepw_principal = kadmin/changepw
krb5_ccachedir = /tmp
krb5_ccname_template = FILE:%d/krb5cc_%U_XXXXXX
krb5_auth_timeout = 15
This example describes the minimum options that must be configured when using Kerberos authentication. Refer to the sssd-krb5(5) manual page for a full description of all the options that apply to configuring Kerberos authentication.