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What is the krbtgt?

Created on 2003-02-25 by Rainer Gerhards.

Key distribution service center account.

Windows 2000 Kerberos authentication is achieved by the use of tickets enciphered with a symmetric key derived from the password of the server or service to which access is requested. To request such a session ticket, a special ticket, called the Ticket Granting Ticket (TGT) must be presented to the Kerberos service itself. The TGT is enciphered with a key derived from the password of the krbtgt account, which is known only by the Kerberos service.

This information was verified with Windows 2000.


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