Solaris Naming Administration Guide

cred Table

The cred table stores credential information about NIS+ principals. Each domain has one cred table, which stores the credential information of client workstations that belong to that domain and client users who are allowed to log into them. (In other words, the principals of that domain.) The cred tables are located in their domains' org_dir subdirectory.

Note -

Do not link a cred table. Each org_dir directory should have its own cred table. Do not use a link to some other org_dir cred table.

The cred table has five columns:

Table C-4 cred Table

NIS+ Principal Name 

Authentication Type 

Authentication Name 

Public Data 


Private Data 


Principal name of a principal user 



GID list 


Principal name of a principal user or workstation 


Secure RPC netname 

Public key 

Encrypted private key 

The second column, authentication type, determines the types of values found in the other four columns.

See Chapter 7, Administering NIS+ Credentials, for additional information on credentials and the cred table.