SNTP authentication trusted keys

Trusted keys are used in SNTP authentication. In unicast mode, you must associate a key with a specific NTP/SNTP server. That key is used for authenticating the SNTP packet.

In unicast mode, a specific server is configured on the switch so that the SNTP client communicates with the specified server to get the date and time.

In broadcast mode, the SNTP client switch checks the size of the received packet to determine if it is authenticated. If the broadcast packet is authenticated, the key-id value is checked to see if the same key-id value is configured on the SNTP client switch. If the switch is configured with the same key-id value, and the key-id value is configured as "trusted," the authentication succeeds. Only trusted key-id value information is used for SNTP authentication.

If the packet contains key-id value information that is not configured on the SNTP client switch, or if the received packet contains no authentication information, it is discarded. The SNTP client switch expects packets to be authenticated if SNTP authentication is enabled.

When authentication succeeds, the time in the packet is used to update the time on the switch.