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Kerberos for Macintosh Product Overview

Kerberos for Macintosh (KfM) is the reference implementation of the Kerberos authentication system for Mac OS X. KfM provides support for both Kerberos protocol versions, all the major Kerberos APIs and wraps it all into a simple Macintosh package with support for Mac OS X, as well as legacy support for Mac OS 8 & 9 and the Classic environment under Mac OS X.

Under the hood, Kerberos for Macintosh provides Kerberos v5 and Kerberos v4 protocols, GSSAPI, an in-memory ticket cache, KClient compatibility and a graphical Login interface and accompanying API for acquiring Kerberos tickets.

As result of a partnership between MIT and Apple, full Kerberos for Macintosh releases have been included in Mac OS X since 10.2 (Jaguar) which included KfM 4.5.1. The current release is KfM 5.5 and ships with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The previous release was KfM 5.0.1 and shipped with Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). The last release of Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS 8 & 9 and the Classic environment of Mac OS X was KfM 4.0.3.

The Mac OS X Kerberos Extras for 10.2 through 10.4 are available from MIT.

Key Features of Kerberos for Macintosh 5.5

Minimum System Requirements for Kerberos for Macintosh 5.5

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