Specifies an authentication scheme used for an OSPF area used with the OSPF dynamic route

Supported in the following platforms:

  • Access Points — AP 7161, AP 7502, AP-7522, AP 7532, AP 7562, AP 7602, AP 7622, AP-8163, AP-8432, AP-8533
  • Wireless Controllers — RFS 4000


authentication [message-digest|simple-password]


authentication [message-digest|simple-password]
message-digest Configures a message-digest (MD-5) authentication scheme
simple-password Configures a simple password authentication scheme

Usage Guidelines

OSPF packet authentication enables routers to use predefined passwords and participate within a routing domain. The two authentication modes are:
  • MD-5 – MD-5 authentication is a cryptographic authentication mode, where every router has a key (password) and key-id configured on it. This key and key-id together form the message digest that is appended to the OSPF packet.
  • Simple Password – Simple password authentication allows a password (key) to be configured per area. Routers in the same area and participating in the routing domain have to be configured with the same key.


nx9500-6C8809(config-profile default-rfs4000-router-ospf-area- simple-password
nx9500-6C8809(config-profile default-rfs4000-router-ospf-area- context
   authentication simple-password
   area-type stub default-cost 1
nx9500-6C8809(config-profile default-rfs4000-router-ospf-area-

Related Commands

no (area-config-mode-command) Removes the authentication scheme assoictaed with this area