NIS+ keys are used to encrypt NIS+ related information.
This chapter assumes that you have an adequate understanding of the NIS+ security system in general, and in particular of the role that keys play in that system (see Chapter 6, Security Overview, for this information).
For a complete description of NIS+ key-related commands and their syntax and options, see the NIS+ man pages. (The nisaddcred command also performs some key-related operations. See "The nisaddcred Command" for more information.)