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GnuTLS SRP tool


srptool [-flags] [-flag [value]] [--option-name[[=| ]value]]

All arguments must be options.


Simple program that emulates the programs in the Stanford SRP (Secure Remote Password) libraries using GnuTLS.  It is intended for use in  places where you don't expect SRP authentication to be the used for system users.

In  brief,  to use SRP you need to create two files. These are the password file that holds the users and the verifiers associated with  them  and  the configuration file to hold the group parameters (called tpasswd.conf).


-d num, --debug=num

Enable debugging. This option takes an integer number as its argument. The value of num is constrained to being:

in the range 0 through 9999

Specifies the debug level.

-i num, --index=num

This option takes an integer number as its argument. The default number for this option is:


-u str, --username=str
-p str, --passwd=str
-s num, --salt=num

This option takes an integer number as its argument.


Verifies the password provided against the password file.

-v str, --passwd-conf=str

Specify a filename or a PKCS #11 URL to read the CAs from.


Generate a password configuration file.

This generates a password configuration file (tpasswd.conf) containing the required for TLS parameters.

-v arg, --version=arg

Output version of program and exit.  The default mode is `v', a simple version.  The `c' mode will print copyright information and `n' will print the full copyright notice.

-h,  --help

Display usage information and exit.

-!,  --more-help

Pass the extended usage information through a pager.


To create tpasswd.conf which holds the g and n values for SRP protocol (generator and a large prime), run:

$ srptool --create-conf /etc/tpasswd.conf

This command will create /etc/tpasswd and will add user 'test' (you will also be prompted for a password). Verifiers are stored by default in the way libsrp expects.

$ srptool --passwd /etc/tpasswd --passwd-conf /etc/tpasswd.conf -u test

This command will check against a password. If the password matches the one in /etc/tpasswd you will get an ok.

$ srptool --passwd /etc/tpasswd --passwd\-conf /etc/tpasswd.conf --verify -u test

Exit Status

One of the following exit values will be returned:


Successful program execution.


The operation failed or the command syntax was not valid.

See Also

gnutls-cli-debug (1), gnutls-serv (1), srptool (1), psktool (1), certtool (1)



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Referenced By

certtool(1), psktool(1).

27 Sep 2022 3.7.8