what is "Kerberos Security" in Solaris 10 and when is it used?
Posted on 2006-06-19
I am installing Solaris 10 for the first time and have no experience installing unix OSs. Only thing I am good at is following directions. I intend to install and reinstall until I am confident enough with its configuration that I can colocate the box. Thus, security is a major concern for me, including concerns regarding someone having physical access of the drives should the box ever get stolen (thus, encryption of the data drives is of great interest to me).
The box is a Sun E250 dual processor, 512 mb RAM, 6 18 gb hard drives, 2 power supplies.
While installing Solaris 10, I am prompted with the following:
Specify Yes if the system will use the Kerberos security mechanism.
Specify No if this system will use standard UNIX security.
Configure Kerberos Security
[ ] Yes
What exactly is "Kerberos Security", what advantages are there to using it and not using it, and would it benefit a system that will eventually be colocated?