Crate libgssapi[][src]

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Gssapi is the standard way of using Kerberos to build and use Kerberized services on unix. It has other uses, but Kerberos is by far the most common (and making Kerberos work well is the focus of this library).


Gssapi is used through contexts which are connected to each other in a mechanism specific way. In the case of Kerberos once you have a context set up you can use to to send and receive encrypted messages that only the other side can read. Other mechanisms may or may not provide this feature.

Unlike SSL Gssapi is completely independent of the transport. It will give you tokens to send to the other side, and tell you when the context is established, it’s up to you to decide how the data gets there.

use std::env::args;
use libgssapi::{
    credential::{Cred, CredUsage},
    context::{CtxFlags, ClientCtx, ServerCtx, SecurityContext},
fn setup_server_ctx(
    service_name: &[u8],
    desired_mechs: &OidSet
) -> Result<(ServerCtx, Name), Error> {
    let name = Name::new(service_name, Some(&GSS_NT_HOSTBASED_SERVICE))?;
    let cname = name.canonicalize(Some(&GSS_MECH_KRB5))?;
    let server_cred = Cred::acquire(
        Some(&cname), None, CredUsage::Accept, Some(desired_mechs)
    Ok((ServerCtx::new(server_cred), cname))
fn setup_client_ctx(
    service_name: Name,
    desired_mechs: &OidSet
) -> Result<ClientCtx, Error> {
    let client_cred = Cred::acquire(
        None, None, CredUsage::Initiate, Some(&desired_mechs)
        client_cred, service_name, CtxFlags::GSS_C_MUTUAL_FLAG, Some(&GSS_MECH_KRB5)
fn run(service_name: &[u8]) -> Result<(), Error> {
    let desired_mechs = {
        let mut s = OidSet::new()?;
    let (server_ctx, cname) = setup_server_ctx(service_name, &desired_mechs)?;
    let client_ctx = setup_client_ctx(cname, &desired_mechs)?;
    let mut server_tok: Option<Buf> = None;
    loop {
        match client_ctx.step(server_tok.as_ref().map(|b| &**b))? {
            None => break,
            Some(client_tok) => match server_ctx.step(&*client_tok)? {
                None => break,
                Some(tok) => { server_tok = Some(tok); }
    let secret_msg = client_ctx.wrap(true, b"super secret message")?;
    let decoded_msg = server_ctx.unwrap(&*secret_msg)?;
    println!("the decrypted message is: '{}'", String::from_utf8_lossy(&*decoded_msg));