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Used to create and manage an AES keyfile.

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2004 Feb 8
aespasswd(1)                         General Commands Manual                         aespasswd(1)

NAME aespasswd - Used to create and manage an AES keyfile.
SYNOPSIS aespasswd [-n] [-d] -f keyfile identity
OPTIONS -n Create the keyfile -d Delete given identity from keyfile -f keyfile Specifies file that holds identity/key pairs
DESCRIPTION aespasswd is used to create and manage files that hold identity/key pairs. It is primarily used to manage the bwctld.keys file for bwctld and the owampd.keys file for owampd. If the -d option is not specified, then aespasswd prompts the caller for a passphrase. The passphrase is hashed using an internal MD5 algorithm to generate a key that is then saved in the keyfile associated with the given identity. If the given identity already exists in the keyfile, the previous key is overwritten with the new one. keyfiles generated by aespasswd are formatted for use with BWCTL and OWAMP.
KEYFILE FORMAT aespasswd generates lines of the format: test 54b0c58c7ce9f2a8b551351102ee0938 An identity, followed by whitespace, followed by a hex encoded 128-bit number, that is suitable to be used as a symmetric AES key. No other text is allowed on these lines; however, comment lines may be added. Comment lines are any line where the first non-white space character is '#'.
EXAMPLES aespasswd -f /etc/bwctl/bwctld.keys testuser Adds a key for the identity testuser. The user is prompted for a passphrase. If the file does not exist, an error message will be printed and no action will be taken. aespasswd -f /etc/bwctl/bwctld.keys -n testuser Creates the file before doing the same as above. If the file already exists, an error message will be printed and no action will be taken. aespasswd -f /etc/bwctl/bwctld.keys -d testuser Deletes the identity testuser from the keyfile. If the file does not exist, an error message will be printed and no action will be taken.
SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS The keys in the keyfile are not encrypted in any way. The security of these keys is com‐ pletely dependent upon the security of the system and the discretion of the system admin‐ istrator.
RESTRICTIONS identity names are restricted to 16 characters, and passphrases are limited to 1024 char‐ acters.
SEE ALSO owping(1), owampd(1), bwctl(1), bwctld(1) and the http://e2epi.internet2.edu/owamp and http://e2epi.internet2.edu/bwctl web sites.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This material is based in part on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. ANI-0314723. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.
2004 Feb 8 aespasswd(1)
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