krb_realmofhost, krb_get_phost, krb_get_krbhst, krb_get_admhst,
krb_get_lrealm - additional Kerberos utility routines
DESCRIPTIONkrb_realmofhost returns the Kerberos realm of the host host, as deter‐
mined by the translation table /etc/kerberosIV/krb.realms. host should
be the fully-qualified domain-style primary host name of the host in
question. In order to prevent certain security attacks, this routine
must either have a priori knowledge of a host's realm, or obtain such
The format of the translation file is described by krb.realms(5). If
host exactly matches a host_name line, the corresponding realm is
returned. Otherwise, if the domain portion of host matches a
domain_name line, the corresponding realm is returned. If host con‐
tains a domain, but no translation is found, host's domain is converted
to upper-case and returned. If host contains no discernible domain, or
an error occurs, the local realm name, as supplied by
krb_get_lrealm(3), is returned.
krb_get_phost converts the hostname alias (which can be either an offi‐
cial name or an alias) into the instance name to be used in obtaining
Kerberos tickets for most services, including the Berkeley rcmd suite
(rlogin, rcp, rsh).
The current convention is to return the first segment of the official
domain-style name after conversion to lower case.
krb_get_krbhst fills in host with the hostname of the nth host running
a Kerberos key distribution center (KDC) for realm realm, as specified
in the configuration file (/etc/kerberosIV/krb.conf). The configura‐
tion file is described by krb.conf(5). If the host is successfully
filled in, the routine returns KSUCCESS. If the file cannot be opened,
and n equals 1, then the value of KRB_HOST as defined in <krb.h> is
filled in, and KSUCCESS is returned. If there are fewer than n hosts
running a Kerberos KDC for the requested realm, or the configuration
file is malformed, the routine returns KFAILURE.
krb_get_admhst fills in host with the hostname of the nth host running
a Kerberos KDC database administration server for realm realm, as spec‐
ified in the configuration file (/etc/kerberosIV/krb.conf). If the
file cannot be opened or is malformed, or there are fewer than n hosts
running a Kerberos KDC database administration server, the routine
The character arrays used as return values for krb_get_krbhst,
krb_get_admhst, should be large enough to hold any hostname (MAXHOST‐
NAMELEN from <sys/param.h>).
krb_get_lrealm fills in realm with the nth realm of the local host, as
specified in the configuration file. realm should be at least REALM_SZ
SEE ALSOkerberos(3), krb.conf(5), krb.realms(5)FILES
translation file for host-to-realm mapping.
local realm-name and realm/server configuration
The current convention for instance names is too limited; the full
domain name should be used.
krb_get_lrealm currently only supports n = 1. It should really consult
the user's ticket cache to determine the user's current realm, rather
than consulting a file on the host.
MIT Project Athena Kerberos Version 4.0 KRB_REALMOFHOST(3)