CUPS allows you to use a Key Distribution Center (KDC) for authentication on your local CUPS server and when printing to a remote authenticated queue. This document describes how to configure CUPS to use Kerberos authentication and provides links to the MIT help pages for configuring Kerberos on your systems and network.
The following are required to use Kerberos with CUPS:
Before you can use Kerberos with CUPS, you will need to configure Kerberos on your system and setup a system as a KDC. Because this configuration is highly system and site-specific, please consult the following on-line resources provided by the creators of Kerberos at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
The Linux Documentation Project also has a HOWTO on Kerberos:
Once you have configured Kerberos on your system(s), you can then enable Kerberos authentication by selecting the Negotiate authentication type. The simplest way to do this is using the cupsctl(8) command on your server(s):
You can also enable Kerberos from the web interface by checking the Use Kerberos Authentication box and clicking Change Settings:
After you have enabled Kerberos authentication, use the built-in "authenticated" policy or your own custom policies with the printers you will be sharing. See Managing Operation Policies for more information.
CUPS implements Kerberos over HTTP using GSSAPI and the service name "host". Because of limitations in the HTTP GSSAPI protocol extension, only a single domain/KDC is supported for authentication. The HTTP extension is described in RFC 4559.
When doing printing tasks that require authentication, CUPS requests single-use "tickets" from your login session to authenticate who you are. These tickets give CUPS a username of the form "user@REALM", which is then converted to just "user" for purposes of user and group checks.
In order to support printing to a shared printer, CUPS runs the IPP backend as the owner of the print job so it can obtain the necessary credentials when the job is de-spooled to the server.