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- System Process: Yes
- Background Process: No
- Application Process:Yes
- Common Path:
C:\ Program Files\ CMU\ KClient\ bin32\ kstatus.exe
- Uses Network:Yes
- Uses Internet:Yes
When using Kerberos as authentication protocol, all authentication operations take place between a client and a server. The process kstatus.exe is the Kerberos client software designed for Win32 systems. As a Kerberos client, the kstatus.exe file is used to get the service ticket from a Kerberos server for authentication.
Kerberos is a widely used authentication protocol for large-scale cross-platform security systems. It is designed to provide strong authentication, integrity, and confidentiality for client/server and multitier applications.
The KClient Kerberos client software runs the application kstatus.exe to obtain the Kerberos ticket from a key distribution center. In cryptography, a KDC is a component of a cryptosystem that reduces the risks inherent in exchanging keys. The KDC is actually the Kerberos server that implements the authentication service (AS) and the ticket granting service (TGS). Each password associated with every principal is stored in the KDC or Kerberos server, thus the importance of making sure that KDC is highly secured.
Most often, the Kerberos server uses a database to store KDC implementations. In this case, KDC can be interchangeably referred to as Kerberos database. Also, to ensure utmost reliability, administrators can back up KDCs. These KDC backup copies are called slave servers where all databases from the master KDC are synchronized.
The ticket acquired by the Kerberos client is then used to authenticate the client to Kerberos-enabled applications. Usually, the client is the user himself, although any principal can also be a client, unless the administrator blocks the said principal to be a client.
The Kerberized programs are referred to as applications servers. The process kstatus.exe initiates communication between the client and the application servers after authentication has been completed. At the same time, the kstatus.exe application provides libraries and utilities necessary to use PC applications that are Kerberos based. Companies specializing in computing services like NiftyTelnet and KWeb develop some of these PC applications.
Additional kstatus.exe Info:
Part of: Operating System, Author URL: http://asg.andrew.cmu.edu/andrew2/dist/, File Created by: CMU Computing Services
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