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key distribution center (KDC)

A key

distribution center (KDC) is used to store, manage, and distribute keys.

Concept of the Key Distribution Center (KDC)

Concept of the Key Distribution Center (KDC)

In Kerberos, such a KDC center consists of the AuthenticationServer (AS) and the Ticket Granting Server (TGS). The Authentication Server checks in the Kerberos namespace whether the username is authorized to log in. If the check is positive, the Authentication Server generates a session key and a Ticket Grant ing Ticket (TGT) from the user 's password.

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