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User Key

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A key that is used for granting access to a user account via the SSH protocol¬† (as opposed to a host key, which does not grant access to anything but serves to authenticate a host). Both authorized keys and identity keys are user keys. A user key is the equivalent of an access token.
Source(s):
NISTIR 7966