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Hierarchy Level


Configure an authentication key (password). Neighboring routers use the password to verify the authenticity of packets sent from this interface.

All routers that are connected to the same IP subnet must use the same authentication scheme and password.

The remaining statements are explained separately. See CLI Explorer.


simple-password key

Configures a simple authentication password string, defined by key.


Configure an MD5 password.

  • key-identifier—MD5 key identifier. Range is from 0 through 255. Default is 0.

  • key key-values—One or more MD5 key strings. The MD5 key values can be from 1 through 16 characters long. You can specify more than one key value within the list. Characters can include ASCII strings. If you include spaces, enclose all characters in quotation marks (“ ”).

  • start-time time—MD5 start date and time, in the format YYYY-MM-DD.hh:mm.

Required Privilege Level

routing—To view this statement in the configuration.

routing-control—To add this statement to the configuration.

Release Information

Statement introduced before Junos OS Release 7.4.