Kerberos for OS/2 (and eComStation)

Kerberos is a network authentication protocol designed around the concept of granting tickets to clients, where each ticket is valid for access to certain resources on the server or network. Developed originally at MIT in the 1980's, Kerberos is a mature, stable, standard protocol, used by a variety of different networking technologies, including Samba.

This is the home of the Kerberos for OS/2 project, which encompasses both the MIT implementation and the Heimdal implementation, as used in Samba 4.

Note: If using the NetDrive Samba Plugin for eCS (OS/2) version 3.0 or above with Kerberos authentication, you will need the Heimdal Kerberos implementation and not MIT.

Official Releases

Until RPMs are available, this is the official repository for these packages (ZIP only).

Additional software prerequisites

It is strongly recommended to install from the WPI packages if not using yum/rpm.

kLibc 0.6.6 LibraryWPIkLibc Runtime libraries required by all Kerberos installations. Do not use them if you have a yum/rpm env.
GCC 4 Core LibrariesWPIGCC 4 runtime libraries required by all Kerberos installations. Do not use them if you have a yum/rpm env.

MIT Kerberos based releases

Release dateStateVersionBased uponPackageSizeDescription
TBATBATBDKerberos 5 Release 1.13[URL TBA ZIP]TBDInitial release of MIT Kerberos 5 for OS/2.

Heimdal Kerberos based releases

Release dateStateVersionBased uponPackageSizeDescription
2016-07-30Beta1.5Heimdal 1.5.3heimdal-1.5.3-os2-20160730.zip8.5MInitial release of Heimdal Kerberos 5 for OS/2.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Some useful Kerberos for OS/2 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are located here.

More Information

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  • Paul Smedley (aka Smedles), for the current ports and for the early work
  • Bart van Leeuwen, for the early work
  • Lewis Rosenthal (aka Lewisr), for testing and project management
  • The Samba for eComStation team
  • all we missed, and all who will be added individually, in due time
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