I’m just starting my learning of networking. The term “community string” refers to a type of password, Especially when it comes to sending/receiving configuration settings to/from a snmp server, correct?
My question is why is it called “community string” instead of “SNMP password”?
I understand for example why on the cisco iOS there’s “secret” vs “password”. But “community string” gives no clue as to why it’s called that way for me.
A pairing of an SNMP agent with some arbitrary set of SNMP
application entities is called an SNMP community. Each SNMP
community is named by a string of octets, that is called the
community name for said community.
The people who wrote the SNMP standard are not the same people who wrote Cisco software.