KEYSERV(8) BSD System Manager's Manual KEYSERV(8)
keyserv -- server for storing private encryption keys
keyserv [-d] [-D] [-n] [-p path] [-v]
The keyserv utility is a daemon that is used for storing the private
encryption keys of each user logged into the system. These encryption
keys are used for accessing secure network services such as secure NFS.
Normally, root's key is read from the file /etc/.rootkey when the daemon
is started. This is useful during power-fail reboots when no one is
around to type a password.
If a client with no secret key calls keyserv, then the key of user nobody
is used instead as the default key.
The following options are available:
-d Disable the use of default keys for nobody.
-D Run in debugging mode and log all requests to keyserv.
-n Root's secret key is not read from /etc/.rootkey. Instead,
keyserv prompts the user for the password to decrypt root's key
stored in the /etc/publickey database and then stores the
decrypted key in /etc/.rootkey for future use. This option is
useful if the /etc/.rootkey file ever gets out of date or cor-
Specify where to search for libdes.so.3. Default is /usr/lib.
-v Display status of DES support (enabled/disabled).
keylogin(1), keylogout(1), publickey(5)
BSD September 14, 1992 BSD