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5.5.1. KRB_AP_REQ definition

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5.5.1. KRB_AP_REQ definition

5.5.1. KRB_AP_REQ definition

The KRB_AP_REQ message contains the Kerberos protocol version number, the message type KRB_AP_REQ, an options field to indicate any options in use, and the ticket and authenticator themselves. The KRB_AP_REQ message is often referred to as the "authentication header".

                   pvno[0]                       INTEGER,
                   msg-type[1]                   INTEGER,
                   ap-options[2]                 APOptions,
                   ticket[3]                     Ticket,
                   authenticator[4]              EncryptedData

   APOptions ::=   BIT STRING {

pvno and msg-type

These fields are described above in section 5.4.1. msg-type is KRB_AP_REQ.


This field appears in the application request (KRB_AP_REQ) and affects the way the request is processed. It is a bit-field, where the selected options are indicated by the bit being set (1), and the unselected options and reserved fields being reset (0). The encoding of the bits is specified in section 5.2. The meanings of the options are:

  Bit(s)  Name           Description

  0       RESERVED       Reserved for future expansion of
                       this field.

  1       USE-SESSION-KEYThe USE-SESSION-KEY option indicates
                       that the ticket the client is
                       presenting to a server is encrypted in
                       the session key from the server's
                       ticket-granting ticket. When this
                       option is not specified, the ticket is
                       encrypted in the server's secret key.

  2       MUTUAL-REQUIREDThe MUTUAL-REQUIRED option tells the
                       server that the client requires mutual
                       authentication, and that it must
                       respond with a KRB_AP_REP message.

  3-31    RESERVED       Reserved for future use.


This field is a ticket authenticating the client to the server.


This contains the authenticator, which includes the client's choice of a subkey. Its encoding is described in section 5.3.2.

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