key-string text
no key-string [text]


Syntax Description:

text Authentication string that must be sent and received in the packets using the routing protocol being authenticated. The string can contain from 1 to 80 uppercase and lowercase alphanumeric characters, except that the first character cannot be a number.


Command Description:

To specify the authentication string for a key, use the key-string key chain key configuration command. To remove the authentication string, use the no form of this command.

Only DRP Agent, Enhanced IGRP (EIGRP), and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) Version 2 use key chains. Each key can have only one key string.

If password encryption is configured (with the service password-encryption command), the software saves the key string as encrypted text. When you write to the terminal with the more system:running-config command, the software displays key-string 7 encrypted text.


The following example configures a key chain named trees. The key named chestnut will be accepted from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be sent from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The key named birch will be accepted from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and be sent from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The overlap allows for migration of keys or a discrepancy in the set time of the router. There is a 30-minute leeway on each side to handle time differences.

Router(config)# interface ethernet 0
Router(config-if)# ip rip authentication key-chain trees
Router(config-if)# ip rip authentication mode md5

Router(config)# router rip
Router(config-router)# network
Router(config-router)# version 2

Router(config)# key chain trees
Router(config-keychain)# key 1
Router(config-keychain-key)# key-string chestnut
Router(config-keychain-key)# accept-lifetime 13:30:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 7200
Router(config-keychain-key)# send-lifetime 14:00:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 3600
Router(config-keychain)# key 2
Router(config-keychain-key)# key-string birch
Router(config-keychain-key)# accept-lifetime 14:30:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 7200
Router(config-keychain-key)# send-lifetime 15:00:00 Jan 25 1996 duration 3600



Related Commands:

key chain
show key chain

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