Manual page for KEYSERV(8C)
keyserv - server for storing public and private keys
is a daemon that is used for storing the
private encryption keys of each
user logged into the system.
These encryption keys are used for accessing
secure network services such as secure
When a user logs in to the system, the
program uses the login password to decrypt
the user's encryption key stored
Network Information Service
and then gives the decrypted key to the
daemon to store away.
Normally, root's key is read from the file
when the daemon starts up.
This is useful during power-failure reboots
when no one is around to type a password,
yet you still want the secure network services to operate normally.
Prohibit the use of the default key.
If this is used
then every machine and user should have a publickey.
New publickeys cannot be created if you do not already have a key.
This can be done globally for an entire domain by deleting the
Remember keylogins across machine reboots.
This is only needed if
is used to schedule jobs that require secure
Use of this option is not recommended.
Do not read root's key from
Instead, prompt the user for the password to decrypt
key stored in the
and then store the decrypted key in
for future use.
This option is useful if the
file ever gets out of date or corrupted.
The Network Information Service
was formerly known as Sun Yellow Pages
The functionality of the two remains the same;
only the name has changed.
Created by unroff & hp-tools.
© by Hans-Peter Bischof. All Rights Reserved (1997).
Last modified 21/April/97