20.6. GSSAPI Authentication
GSSAPI is an industry-standard protocol for secure authentication defined in RFC 2743 . PostgreSQL supports GSSAPI for authentication, communications encryption, or both. GSSAPI provides automatic authentication (single sign-on) for systems that support it. The authentication itself is secure. If GSSAPI encryption or SSL encryption is used, the data sent along the database connection will be encrypted; otherwise, it will not.
GSSAPI support has to be enabled when PostgreSQL is built; see Chapter 16 for more information.
, it uses a standard service
principal (authentication identity) name in the format
When connecting, the client must know the principal name of the server
it intends to connect to. The
part of the principal is ordinarily
but another value can be selected via
part is the fully qualified
host name that
is told to connect to.
The realm name is the preferred realm specified in the Kerberos
configuration file(s) accessible to the client.
The client will also have a principal name for its own identity
(and it must have a valid ticket for this principal). To
for authentication, the client
principal must be associated with
database user name.
configuration file can be used
to map principals to user names; for example,
could be mapped to just
Alternatively, you can use the full
the role name in
without any mapping.
also supports mapping
client principals to user names by just stripping the realm from
the principal. This method is supported for backwards compatibility and is
strongly discouraged as it is then impossible to distinguish different users
with the same user name but coming from different realms. To enable this,
to 0. For simple single-realm
installations, doing that combined with setting the
parameter (which checks that the principal's realm
matches exactly what is in the
is still secure; but this is a
less capable approach compared to specifying an explicit mapping in
The location of the server's keytab file is specified by the krb_server_keyfile configuration parameter. For security reasons, it is recommended to use a separate keytab just for the PostgreSQL server rather than allowing the server to read the system keytab file. Make sure that your server keytab file is readable (and preferably only readable, not writable) by the PostgreSQL server account. (See also Section 18.1 .)
The keytab file is generated using the Kerberos software; see the Kerberos documentation for details. The following example shows doing this using the kadmin tool of MIT-compatible Kerberos 5 implementations:
addprinc -randkey postgres/server.my.domain.org
ktadd -k krb5.keytab postgres/server.my.domain.org
The following authentication options are supported for the GSSAPI authentication method:
If set to 0, the realm name from the authenticated user principal is stripped off before being passed through the user name mapping ( Section 20.2 ). This is discouraged and is primarily available for backwards compatibility, as it is not secure in multi-realm environments unless
krb_realmis also used. It is recommended to leave
include_realmset to the default (1) and to provide an explicit mapping in
pg_ident.confto convert principal names to PostgreSQL user names.
Allows mapping from client principals to database user names. See Section 20.2 for details. For a GSSAPI/Kerberos principal, such as
username@EXAMPLE.COM(or, less commonly,
username/hostbased@EXAMPLE.COM), the user name used for mapping is
username/hostbased@EXAMPLE.COM, respectively), unless
include_realmhas been set to 0, in which case
username/hostbased) is what is seen as the system user name when mapping.
Sets the realm to match user principal names against. If this parameter is set, only users of that realm will be accepted. If it is not set, users of any realm can connect, subject to whatever user name mapping is done.
In addition to these settings, which can be different for
entries, there is the
parameter. If that is set to true, client principals are matched to
user map entries case-insensitively.
set, is also matched case-insensitively.