2. ConceptΒΆ


The diagram shows a Keeto end to end flow. Each interaction is explained in the following. Note that flow (a) is periodically and all others are run on each SSH connection attempt.

(a) A Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is responsible for managing the whole lifecycle of X.509 certificates. This managed X.509 certificates are distributed to a Directory Service where they can be used by Keeto.

(b) The SSH connection is triggered by a SSH protocol aware client such as PuTTY, FileZilla or WinSCP. An OpenSSH server receives the connection attempt.

(c) The control flow is passed over to Keeto which establishes a connection to the Directory Service and determines the current access permissions and retrieves relevant X.509 certificates for that connection.

(d) Keeto validates the X.509 certificates, extracts and transforms public keys and writes them to the appropriate authorized_keys file.

OpenSSH public key authentication is now taking over to authenticate the client against the freshly synced keys.

(e) The SSH client authenticates with the private key corresponding to the users X.509 certificate. Depending on the security requirements the private key can be held in software or hardware.