SKEY(5) OpenBSD Programmer's Manual SKEY(5)
skey - one-time password user database
The /etc/skey directory contains user records for the S/Key one-time
password authentication system.
Records take the form of files within /etc/skey where each file is named
for the user whose record it contains. For example, /etc/skey/root would
hold root's S/Key record.
The mode for /etc/skey should be 01730 and it should be owned by root and
group auth. Individual records within /etc/skey should be owned by the
user they describe and be mode 0600. To access S/Key records, a process
must run as group auth.
Each record consists of five lines:
1. The name of the user the record describes. This should be the same
as the name of the file.
2. The hash type used for this entry; one of md4, md5, sha1, or rmd160.
The default is md5.
3. The sequence number. This is a decimal number between one and one
thousand. Each time the user authenticates via S/Key this number is
decremented by one.
4. A seed used along with the sequence number and the six S/Key words
to compute the value.
5. The value expected from the crunching of the user's seed, sequence
number and the six S/Key words. When the result matches this value,
authentication is considered to have been successful.
Here is a sample /etc/skey file for root:
skey(1), skeyinit(1), skey(3)
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