On Tue, 2017-06-27 at 16:42 -0700, Henry B (Hank) Hotz, CISSP wrote:
> > 
> > On Jun 27, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Nico Williams <n...@cryptonector.com>
> > wrote:
> > 
> > We decided that it was never a good idea for "all" to have meant
> > "extract keys", because in general that's not desirable.
> How is extracting keys different from extracting a keytab (with the
> keys inside it)?

ext_keytab is poorly-named. In MIT Kerberos, it doesn't actually
extract anything; it generates a new key with a new kvno and stores it
in both the keytab and the kdb. MIT kadmind, going back as far as krb4,
didn't even have an operation to fetch existing keys from the database;
that was considered an exceptionally dangerous ability and not really

Heimdal initially took a different approach, which is still what
ext_keytab does by default, for backward compatibility and to avoid
unpleasantly-surprising results. With -r, it randomizes the key
instead, which is safer. Note that ext_keytab without -r will not work
if you don't have the get-keys privilege.

I have patches going back as far as Heimdal 0.6 which make get-keys a
separate privilege not included in 'all'. I didn't write the change
that eventually made it into Heimdal, but I certainly agree with it.

-- Jeff

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