[ntp:questions] W32time - encrypted request to NTP server?
mayer at ntp.isc.org
Mon Mar 24 03:54:46 UTC 2008
Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> Danny Mayer wrote:
>> BertieBigBollox at gmail.com wrote:
>>> Is this supported or possible in Windows 2000?
>>> I've managed to edit the registry to point at my local NTP server and
>>> this works fine. The NTP host supports MD5 authentication and,
>>> ideally, I'd like the Windows 2000 client to use this when requesting
>> >from the NTP server.
>> The question doesn't make much sense. Why would you want to encrypt the
>> request? What are you trying to hide?
> Perhaps the OP meant that he would like the client to be able to
> ascertain that the server really is the server he configured. Isn't
> that, after all, the purpose of authentication?
Authentication, maybe. Encryption no. They are not related to each other.
> But perhaps this is too much to expect from Windows.
No. Windows can do both encryption (see the OpenSSL libraries as well as
Microsoft's) and can do authentication (see Autokey).
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