Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 22:28:57 -0400
From: "Theodore Y. Ts'o"
To: kerberos@MIT.EDU, kerberos-announce@MIT.EDU
I am proud to announce the release of Kerberos V5 Beta 7. This
release contains several new features and enhancements over previous
versions. In particular this release contains a new administration
system for the Kerberos database, which was donated by OpenVision for
inclusion in the MIT release. I consider this new administration
system to be a vast improvement over the previous administration
system. It allows the system administrator to enforce password policy
for users; furthermore, it is much better tested and better designed
than its predecessors.
This release also has much improved documentation, which was donated
by Cygnus Support. The documentation tree now has a User's Guide, a
System Administrator's Guide, in addition to a impromved Building and
Unfortunately, some of the work which we had hoped to get done for
Beta 7 was not done in time for this release. The Macintosh port is
on-going; while the sources are included in this release, it is
currently will not compile cleanly and is not fully functional.
Similarily, the Windows 95/NT port is not complete, although it should
be integrated into the MIT tree within a few weeks after this release.
If you have strong interest in the Windows 95/NT port, please contact
me directly. The triple-DES and SHA algoriths were also not complete
for this release, although this area is also a high priority for the
If you are upgrading your KDC to this release from previous Beta
releases, you will need to make an ascii dump of your database using
the "dump" subcommand in kdb5_edit before you install the new Kerberos
Beta 7 software. You will then need to reload the database using the
Beta7 kdb5_util "load" command.
FTP Instructions: FTP to athena-dist.mit.edu, in /pub/kerberos. Get
the file README.KRB5_BETA7. It will contain instructions on how to
obtain the Beta 7 release.
>> Please report any problems/bugs/comments to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <<
Appreciation Time!!!! There are far too many people to try to thank
them all; many people have contributed to the development of Kerberos
V5. This is only a partial listing....
Thanks to John Linn, Scott Foote, and all of the folks at OpenVision
Technologies, Inc., who donated their administration server for use in
the MIT release of Kerberos.
Thanks to Paul Vixie and the Internet Software Consortium for
supporting the OV administration server integration work.
Thanks to Jeff Bigler, Mark Eichin, Mark Horowitz, Nancy Gilman, Ken
Raeburn, and all of the folks at Cygnus Support, who provided
innumerable bug fixes and portability enhancements to the Kerberos V5
tree. Thanks especially ot Jeff Bigler, for the new user and system
Thanks to Doug Engert from ANL for providing many bug fixes, as well
as testing to ensure DCE interoperability.
Thanks to Sean Mullan and Bill Sommerfeld from Hewlett Packard for
their many suggestions and bug fixes.
Thanks to the members of the Kerberos V5 development team at MIT, both
past and present: Jay Berkenbilt, John Carr, Don Davis, Nancy Gilman,
Sam Hartman, Marc Horowitz, Barry Jaspan, John Kohl, Cliff Neuman,
Kevin Mitchell, Paul Park, Chris Provenzano, Jon Rochlis, Jeff
Schiller, Harry Tsai, Ted Ts'o, Tom Yu.
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