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I need for Ruby on Rail application set authentication via Active Directory using Kerberos authentication.

Some technical information:

  1. I are using Apache
  2. installed mod_auth_kerb
  3. In httpd.conf I added LoadModule auth_kerb_module modules/
  4. In /etc/krb5.conf I added following configuration

     default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log
     kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log
     admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log
     default_realm = EU.ORG.COM
     dns_lookup_realm = false
     dns_lookup_kdc = false
     ticket_lifetime = 24h
     forwardable = yes
     EU.ORG.COM = {
      kdc =
      admin_server =
      default_domain =
    [domain_realm] = EU.ORG.COM = EU.ORG.COM
     pam = {
       debug = true
       ticket_lifetime = 36000
       renew_lifetime = 36000
       forwardable = true
       krb4_convert = false
  5. When I test kinit validuser and enter password then authentication is successful.

  6. klist returns:

    Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_600
    Default principal: validuser@EU.ORG.COM
    Valid starting     Expires            Service principal
    02/08/13 13:46:40  02/08/13 23:46:47  krbtgt/EU.ORG.COM@EU.ORG.COM
            renew until 02/09/13 13:46:40
    Kerberos 4 ticket cache: /tmp/tkt600
    klist: You have no tickets cached
  7. In application Apache configuration I added

    IfModule mod_auth_kerb.c>
    Location /winlogin>
        AuthType Kerberos
        AuthName "Kerberos Loginsss"
        KrbMethodNegotiate off
        KrbAuthoritative on
        KrbVerifyKDC off
        KrbAuthRealms EU.ORG.COM
        Krb5Keytab /home/crmdata/httpd/apache.keytab
        KrbSaveCredentials off
        Require valid-user
  8. I restarted apache

Now some tests:

  1. When I try to access application from Win7, I got pop-up message box, with text:

    Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentification without a secure connection)
  2. When I enter valid credentials then my application opens successfully, and all works fine.


  1. Is ok that for user pop-ups such windows? If I use NTLM authentication then there no such pop-up. I checked IE Internet Options and there 'Enable Integrated Windows Authentication' is checked.

  2. Why IE try to send username and password to application apache? If I correct to understand then Windows self must make authentication via Active Directory using Kerberos protocol.

  3. When I try to access application from Win7 and I enter incorrect credentials to pop-up message box

    • Application say Authentication failed (this is OK)
    • In apache error log I see:

      [error] [client] krb5_get_init_creds_password() failed: Client not found in Kerberos database 
    • But now I cannot get possibility to enter valid credentials, only when I restart IE I can get again pop-up box.

What could be incorrect or missing in my Kerberos setup?

I read in some blog post that probably something is needed to be done in Active Directory side. What exactly?

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You need KrbMethodNegotiate on.
Without that the http client is essentially doing auth-basic to apache and apache is testing the password against the kdc.
Also, for security's sake you should really set KrbVerifyKDC on.

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