key key-id
no key key-id


Syntax Description:

key-id Identification number of an authentication key on a key chain. The range of keys is from 0 to 2147483647. The key identification numbers need not be consecutive.


Command Description:

To identify an authentication key on a key chain, use the key key-chain configuration command. To remove the key from the key chain, use the no form of this command.

No key exists on the key chain.

Only DRP Agent, Enhanced IGRP (EIGRP), and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) Version 2 use key chains.

It is useful to have multiple keys on a key chain so that the software can sequence through the keys as they become invalid after time, based on the accept-lifetime and send-lifetime key chain key command settings.

Each key has its own key identifier, which is stored locally. The combination of the key identifier and the interface associated with the message uniquely identifies the authentication algorithm and Message Digest 5 (MD5) authentication key in use. Only one authentication packet is sent, regardless of the number of valid keys. The software starts looking at the lowest key identifier number and uses the first valid key.

If the last key expires, authentication will continue and an error message will be generated. To disable authentication, you must manually delete the last valid key.

To remove all keys, remove the key chain by using the no key chain command.


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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