Kerberos version 5 Authentication Service and Key Distribution Center.
Now lets see the manual of krb5kdc service.Manual krb5kdc:NAME
krb5kdc - Kerberos V5 KDCSYNOPSIS
krb5kdc [ -d dbname ] [ -k keytype ] [ -M mkeyname ] [ -p portnum ] [ -m ] [ -r realm ] [ -4 v4mode ] [ -n ]DESCRIPTION
krb5kdc is the Kerberos version 5 Authentication Service and Key Distribution Center (AS/KDC).
The -r realm option specifies the realm for which the server should provide service; by default the realm returned
by krb5_default_local_realm(3) is used.
The -d dbname option specifies the name under which the principal database can be found; by default the database is
The -k keytype option specifies the key type of the master key in the database; the default is KEYTYPE_DES.
The -M mkeyname option specifies the principal name for the master key in the database; the default is
KRB5_KDB_M_NAME (usually "K/M" in the KDC's realm).
The -p portnum option specifies the default UDP port number which the KDC should listen on for Kerberos version 5
requests. This value is used when no port is specified in the KDC profile and when no port is specified in the
Kerberos configuration file. If no value is available, then the value in /etc/services for service "kerberos" is
The -m option specifies that the master database password should be fetched from the keyboard rather than from a
file on disk.
The -4 option specifies how the KDC responds to kerberos IV requests for tickets. The command line option over-
rides the value in the KDC profile. The possible values are none, disable, full or nopreauth. These instruct the
KDC to not respond to V4 packets, to respond with a version skew error, to issue tickets for all database entries,
and to issue tickets for all but preauthentication required database entries respectively. The default behaviour is
as if none was specified.
The -n option specifies that the KDC does not put itself in the background and does not disassociate itself from
the terminal. In normal operation, you should always allow the KDC to place itself in the background.
The KDC may service requests for multiple realms (maximum 32 realms). The realms are listed on the command line.
Per-realm options that can be specified on the command line pertain for each realm that follows it and are
superceded by subsequent definitions of the same option. For example,
krb5kdc -p 2001 -r REALM1 -p 2002 -r REALM2 -r REALM3
specifies that the KDC listen on port 2001 for REALM1 and on port 2002 for REALM2 and REALM3. Additionally, per-
realm parameters may be specified in the kdc.conf file. The location of this file may be specified by the
KRB5_KDC_PROFILE environment variable. Parameters specified in this file take precedence over options specified on
the command line. See the kdc.conf(5) description for further details.SEE ALSO
krb5(3), kdb5_util(8), kdc.conf(5)BUGS
It should fork and go into the background when it finishes reading the master password from the terminal.