makes contact with
on a `signer', or certifying authority, with which the user
has previously been registered using
to obtain a certificate that
can later be presented to other Inferno services to authenticate the user.
starts with a `/', the certificate is stored there; otherwise, it is stored in the file
is the name in
The user is prompted for the following:
- The name of the signing server, for example
The default is the default signer for the site:
the value of
in the local network configuration database
- remote user name
- The name of the user for whom a certificate is to be obtained. The default is the current user name in
- The user's password. The password entered on the client must match the password
previously stored on the server using
or a certificate will be refused.
- save in file?
- The default is `no'. If the user responds `yes', the certificate is written directly to the file.
becomes a file server, serving
a secure temporary file bound over
the file name above (because that is where applications look for it).
The temporary will disappear if the name is unmounted, or Inferno is rebooted.
Note that the certificate will expire at or before expiry of the password entry
on the signer.
The signer needs its own key to endorse the certificates that it gives to clients.
If a user requests a certificate with
before the signer's key is created on the signer (eg,
then the request will be rejected with a suitable diagnostic
- File servers
Machines that will be file servers must obtain a certificate and save the certificate in a key file named
- getauthinfo default
The user invoking
must be the same user who later runs
to start the machine's services.
- File server clients
Machines that wish to be authenticated clients of file servers must obtain a certificate and store the certificate in a file named
The file name must match exactly the
server address given to
To set the key, use
- getauthinfo net!host
- Window system interface
has a visual counterpart
for use under
It takes no arguments.
It displays a window prompting for all the information it needs,
and offering apparently sensible defaults.
Apart from the different interface, its function is otherwise
the same as the command line version.