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x/crypto/ssh: Support GSSAPI AuthMethod #25899

quentinmit opened this Issue Jun 15, 2018 · 4 comments


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quentinmit commented Jun 15, 2018

As defined in RFC 4462

This is commonly used for (MIT/Heimdal/Active Directory) Kerberos authentication, though other GSSAPI mechanisms exist.

There are several different GSSAPI implementations available for Go (e.g., It probably doesn't make sense to bless one of these external packages in x/crypto/ssh, so I would instead suggest that a callback- or interface-based AuthMethod be defined, so the user can plug in the GSSAPI mechanism of their choice.

I think modern SSH servers only support the gssapi-with-mic auth method, though some patched SSH servers (Debian for instance) also support the gssapi-keyex auth method. The latter auth method is significantly more complicated, so I would suggest starting only with gssapi-with-mic.

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agnivade commented Jun 16, 2018

/cc @hanwen


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hanwen commented Jun 25, 2018

I don't want to add generic callbacks to the API either.

Is it possible to structure the code such that it effectively becomes a drop-in? Eg. a file that you would add to a local checkout that implements?

Is there a split in the structure that we could apply (eg. putting packetConn into an internal/ package) so you could add a separate gss/ subpackage, without affecting the rest of the SSH code?


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jorgemarey commented Jun 26, 2018


I just saw this issue. We needed to use kerberos ssh authentication from a golang client.

I did this: golang/crypto@master...jorgemarey:f-gssapi-auth (showing changes)

I don't know if it's ok. I could make some changes it you think the code needs it. I tested it with (by implementing the interface) and it worked fine.


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hanwen commented Jun 28, 2018

You can try to run this against an existing GSSAPI server.

The tricky bit is that for it to be promoted into the crypto library, I want to see a test. That means either writing a server side support too (which implies integrating with some existing kerberos package), or testing against an OpenSSH server configured to use Kerberos.

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