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Generates keys for for Asterisk IAX2 RSA authentication.

May 14th, 2005
ASTGENKEY(8) Linux Programmer's Manual ASTGENKEY(8)


astgenkey - generates keys for for Asterisk IAX2 RSA authentication


astgenkey [ -q ] [ -n ] [ keyname ]


astgenkey This script generates an RSA private and public key pair in PEM format for use by Asterisk. The private key should be kept a secret, as it can be used to fake your sys‐ tem's identity. Thus by default (without the option -n ) the script will create a passphrase-encrypted copy of your secret key: without entering the passphrase you won't be able to use it. However if you want to use such a key with Asterisk, you'll have to start it interac‐ tively, because the scripts that start asterisk can't use that encrypted key. The key is identified by a name. If you don't write the name on the command-line you'll be prompted for one. The outputs of the script are: The public key: not secret. Send this to the other side. name.key The private key: secret. Those files should be copied to /var/lib/asterisk/keys (The private key: on your system. The public key: on other systems) To see the currently-installed keys from the asterisk CLI, use the command keys show


-q Run quietly. -n Don't encrypt the private key.


The keys are created, using the umask of the user running the command. To create the keys in a secure manner, you should check to ensure that your umask is first set to disallow the private key from being world- readable, such as with the following commands: umask 0066 astgenkey yourkey And then make the key accessible to Asterisk (assuming you run it as user "asterisk"). chown asterisk /var/lib/asterisk/keys/yourname.*




asterisk(8), genrsa(1), rsa(1),


This manual page was written by Tzafrir Cohen <> Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2.
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