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       snmpusm - creates and maintains SNMPv3 users on a network entity


       snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] [-Cw] AGENT create USER [CLONEFROM-USER]
       snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] AGENT delete USER
       snmpusm  [COMMON  OPTIONS]  <-Ca | -Cx> -Ck AGENT passwd OLD-KEY-OR-PASSPHRASE NEW-KEY-OR-
       snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] [-Ca] [-Cx] AGENT changekey [USER]


       snmpusm is an SNMP application that can be used to do  simple  maintenance  on  the  users
       known  to  an  SNMP  agent,  by  manipulating the agent's User-based Security Module (USM)
       table.  The user needs write access to the usmUserTable MIB table.  This tool can be  used
       to  create, delete, clone, and change the passphrase of users configured on a running SNMP


       Common options for all snmpusm commands:

       -CE ENGINE-ID
              Set usmUserEngineID to be used as part of the index of the  usmUserTable.   Default
              is to use the contextEngineID (set via -E or probed) as the usmUserEngineID.

       -Cp STRING
              Set the usmUserPublic value of the (new) user to the specified STRING.

       Options for the passwd and changekey commands:

       -Ca    Change the authentication key.

       -Cx    Change the privacy key.

       -Ck    Allows  one  to use localized key (must start with 0x) instead of passphrase.  When
              this option is used, either the -Ca or -Cx option (but not both) must also be used.


       An unauthenticated SNMPv3 user can be created using the command

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] AGENT create USER

       This constructs an (inactive) entry in the usmUserTable, with no authentication or privacy
       settings.   In  principle, this user should be useable for 'noAuthNoPriv' requests, but in
       practise the Net-SNMP agent will not allow such an entry to be made active.  The user  can
       be  created  via  the  createAndWait  operation  instead by using the -Cw flag.  This will
       prevent the user from being marked as active in any agent until explicitly activated later
       via the activate command.

       In  order  to  activate this entry, it is necessary to "clone" an existing user, using the

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] AGENT cloneFrom USER CLONEFROM-USER

       The USER entry then inherits the same authentication and privacy settings (including  pass
       phrases) as the CLONEFROM user.

       These two steps can be combined into one, by using the command

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] AGENT create USER CLONEFROM-USER

       The  two  forms  of  the  create  sub-command require that the user being created does not
       already exist.  The cloneFrom sub-command requires that the  user  being  cloned  to  does
       already exist.

       Cloning is the only way to specify which authentication and privacy protocols to use for a
       given user, and it is only possible to do this once.  Subsequent attempts to reclone  onto
       the  same  user  will  appear  to  succeed,  but will be silently ignored.  This (somewhat
       unexpected) behaviour is mandated by the SNMPv3 USM specifications (RFC 3414).  To  change
       the  authentication  and  privacy settings for a given user, it is necessary to delete and
       recreate the user entry.  This is not necessary for simply changing the pass phrases  (see
       below).   This  means  that  the agent must be initialized with at least one user for each
       combination of authentication and privacy protocols.  See the  snmpd.conf(5)  manual  page
       for details of the createUser configuration directive.


       A user can be deleted from the usmUserTable using the command

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] AGENT delete USER


       User  profiles contain private keys that are never transmitted over the wire in clear text
       (regardless of whether the administration requests are encrypted or not).  To  change  the
       secret key for a user, it is necessary to specify the user's old passphrase as well as the
       new one.  This uses the command

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] [-Ca] [-Cx]  AGENT  passwd  OLD-PASSPHRASE  NEW-PASSPHRASE

       After  cloning  a  new  user  entry  from the appropriate template, you should immediately
       change the new user's passphrase.

       If USER is not specified, this command will change the passphrase  of  the  (SNMPv3)  user
       issuing   the  command.   If  the  -Ca  or  -Cx  options  are  specified,  then  only  the
       authentication or privacy keys are changed.  If these options are not specified, then both
       the authentication and privacy keys are changed.

              snmpusm [COMMON OPTIONS] [-Ca] [-Cx] AGENT changekey [USER]

       This  command changes the key in a perfect-forward-secrecy compliant way through a diffie-
       helman exchange.  The remote agent  must  support  the  SNMP-USM-DH-OBJECTS-MIB  for  this
       command  to  work.   The  resulting keys are printed to the console and may be then set in
       future command  invocations  using  the  --defAuthLocalizedKey  and  --defPrivLocalizedKey
       options  or  in  your snmp.conf file using the defAuthLocalizedKey and defPrivLocalizedKey

       Note that since these keys are randomly generated based on a diffie helman exchange,  they
       are  no  longer  derived  from a more easily typed password.  They are, however, much more

       To change from a localized key back to a password, the following  variant  of  the  passwd
       sub-command is used:

              snmpusm  [COMMON  OPTIONS]  <-Ca | -Cx> -Ck AGENT passwd OLD-KEY-OR-PASSPHRASE NEW-
              KEY-OR-PASSPHRASE [USER]

       Either the -Ca or the -Cx option must be specified.  The OLD-KEY-OR-PASSPHRASE and/or NEW-
       KEY-OR-PASSPHRASE  arguments  can  either be a passphrase or a localized key starting with
       "0x", e.g. as printed out by the changekey sub-command.

       Note that snmpusm REQUIRES  an argument specifying the agent to query as described in  the
       .I snmpcmd(1) manual page.


       Let's assume for our examples that the following VACM and USM configurations lines were in
       the snmpd.conf file for a Net-SNMP agent.  These  lines  set  up  a  default  user  called
       "initial" with the authentication passphrase "setup_passphrase" so that we can perform the
       initial setup of an agent:

              # VACM configuration entries
              rwuser initial
              # lets add the new user we'll create too:
              rwuser wes
              # USM configuration entries
              createUser initial MD5 setup_passphrase DES

       Note: the "initial" user's setup should be removed after creating a  real  user  that  you
       grant administrative privileges to (like the user "wes" we'll be creating in this example.

       Note: passphrases must be 8 characters minimum in length.

   Create a new user
       snmpusm -v3 -u initial -n "" -l authNoPriv -a MD5 -A setup_passphrase localhost create wes

              Creates a new user, here named "wes" using the user "initial" to do it.   "wes"  is
              cloned  from  "initial"  in  the  process,  so  he  inherits that user's passphrase

   Change the user's passphrase
       snmpusm -v 3 -u wes -n "" -l  authNoPriv  -a  MD5  -A  setup_passphrase  localhost  passwd
       setup_passphrase new_passphrase

              After  creating  the  user "wes" with the same passphrase as the "initial" user, we
              need to change  his  passphrase  for  him.   The  above  command  changes  it  from
              "setup_passphrase", which was inherited from the initial user, to "new_passphrase".

   Test the new user
       snmpget -v 3 -u wes -n "" -l authNoPriv -a MD5 -A new_passphrase localhost sysUpTime.0

              If  the above commands were successful, this command should have properly performed
              an authenticated SNMPv3 GET request to the agent.

       Now, go remove the vacm "group" snmpd.conf entry for the "initial" user  and  you  have  a
       valid user 'wes' that you can use for future transactions instead of initial.


       Manipulating  the  usmUserTable  using  this  command can only be done using SNMPv3.  This
       command will not work with the community-based versions, even if they have write access to
       the table.


       snmpd.conf(5), snmp.conf(5), RFC 3414