ntpd why question..

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Mon Oct 30 21:26:23 UTC 2006

B. Cook wrote:

> Looking for why there is an /etc/ntp/ dir by default...
> The man page for ntpd says /etc/ntp.conf is the config file as does the
> handbook..
> Whats it there for?

It's for crypto keys used to authenticate between ntp servers,
including the sort symmetric keys commonly used in the ntp.keys
file and the private halves of public/private key pairs, both of
which need to be kept in more highly protected than usual locations
-- hence /etc/ntp/ which should be mode 0700 and ownership root:wheel.

See the ntp-keygen(8) man page for more information.



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