kimpersonate man page

kimpersonate — impersonate a user when there exist a keyfile or KeyFile


kimpersonate [-s string | --ccache=string] [-s string | --server=string] [-c string | --client=string] [-k string | --keytab=string] [-5 | --krb5] [-A | --add] [-R | --referral] [-e integer | --expire-time=integer] [-a string | --client-address=string] [-t string | --enc-type=string] [--session-enc-type=string] [-f string | --ticket-flags=string] [--verbose] [--version] [--help]


The kimpersonate program creates a "fake" ticket using the service-key of the service and stores it in the given (or default) ccache. This is useful for testing. The service key can be read from a Kerberos 5 keytab or AFS KeyFile. Supported options:


ccache into which to store the ticket

-s string, --server=string

name of server principal

-c string, --client=string

name of client principal

-k string, --keytab=string

name of keytab file

-5, --krb5

create a Kerberos 5 ticket

-A, --add

don't re-initialize the ccache, instead add the ticket to an existing ccache.

-R, --referral

simulate a referrals-based KDC client by storing two entries, one with the empty realm for the service principal name.

-e integer, --expire-time=integer

lifetime of ticket in seconds

-a string, --client-address=string

address of client

-t string, --enc-type=string

encryption type (defaults to "aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96")


session encryption type (defaults to enc-type or "des-cbc-crc" for afs service tickets)

-f string, --ticket-flags=string

ticket flags for krb5 ticket


Verbose output


Print version



Uses /etc/krb5.keytab, and /usr/afs/etc/KeyFile when available and the -k option is used with an appropriate prefix.


kimpersonate can be used in samba root preexec option or for debugging. kimpersonate -s host/ -c lha@E.KTH.SE -5 will create a Kerberos 5 ticket for lha@E.KTH.SE for the host if there exists a keytab entry for it in /etc/krb5.keytab.

In combination with the ktutil command, this is useful for testing. For example,

ktutil -k tkt add -p host/foo.test@TEST -V2 -e aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96 -r

kimpersonate --cache=tcc -s host/foo.test@TEST -c jdoe@TEST -k tkt --referral

See Also

kinit(1), klist(1)


Love Hornquist Astrand <>


September 18, 2006