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The MIT Kerberos Team announces the availability of MIT Kerberos 5
Release 1.15. Please see below for a list of some major changes
included, or consult the README file in the source tree for a more
detailed list of significant changes.
RETRIEVING KERBEROS 5 RELEASE 1.15
You may retrieve the Kerberos 5 Release 1.15 source from the
The homepage for the krb5-1.15 release is:
Further information about Kerberos 5 may be found at the following
and at the MIT Kerberos Consortium web site:
The Data Encryption Standard (DES) is widely recognized as weak. The
krb5-1.7 release contains measures to encourage sites to migrate away
- From using single-DES cryptosystems. Among these is a configuration
variable that enables "weak" enctypes, which defaults to "false"
beginning with krb5-1.8.
Major changes in 1.15 (2016-12-01)
* Add support to kadmin for remote extraction of current keys without
changing them (requires a special kadmin permission that is excluded
from the wildcard permission), with the exception of highly
* Add a lockdown_keys principal attribute to prevent retrieval of the
principal's keys (old or new) via the kadmin protocol. In newly
created databases, this attribute is set on the krbtgt and kadmin
* Restore recursive dump capability for DB2 back end, so sites can
more easily recover from database corruption resulting from power
* Add DNS auto-discovery of KDC and kpasswd servers from URI records,
in addition to SRV records. URI records can convey TCP and UDP
servers and master KDC status in a single DNS lookup, and can also
point to HTTPS proxy servers.
* Add support for password history to the LDAP back end.
* Add support for principal renaming to the LDAP back end.
* Use the getrandom system call on supported Linux kernels to avoid
blocking problems when getting entropy from the operating system.
* In the PKINIT client, use the correct DigestInfo encoding for PKCS
#1 signatures, so that some especially strict smart cards will work.
* Clean up numerous compilation warnings.
* Remove various infrequently built modules, including some preauth
modules that were not built by default.
* Add support for building with OpenSSL 1.1.
* Use SHA-256 instead of MD5 for (non-cryptographic) hashing of
authenticators in the replay cache. This helps sites that must
build with FIPS 140 conformant libraries that lack MD5.
* Add support for the AES-SHA2 enctypes, which allows sites to conform
to Suite B crypto requirements.
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