SSH (Secure shell) is a protocol for secure communication between computers to execute remote commands, transfer data and tunnel TCP connections.

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NISTIR 7966 (Security of Automated Access Management Using Secure Shell) - is there anything new?

Tatu Ylönen (the creator of SSH protocol) and two others authored a report recently, offering their views on SSH key management. I have read the report, and am struggling to identify whether it is ...
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Metasploit ssh_enumusers stops instantly [closed]

When I try to run the : http://www.rapid7.com/db/modules/auxiliary/scanner/ssh/ssh_enumusers using the given options besides proxies I get the output: msf auxiliary(ssh_enumusers) > run [*] ...
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Is it safe to store a passphrase encrypted SSH key in git?

I have a bunch of servers that need to access somewhat sensitive data (passwords for ftps, api keys, etc). Currently I copy a plaintext file back-and-forth between the servers via ssh and encrypt all ...
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Custom publickey authentication

I'm working on a REST account management system over https that should support both username/password and username/publickey authentication schemes. I.e. when a user registers an account, they may ...
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Relationship between HTTPS and SSH Public Keys

I can use my private key to generate a public key for use with ssh. I can use the same private key to generate a CSR, to generate a CLIENT certificate for HTTPS. Specifically, my SSH public key is: ...
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Is it worth it to use sshguard when only allowing ssh login from specific IP?

I'm running a VPS (under ArchLinux) and was wondering if sshguard was useful in the following case. My iptables rule for SSH in looks like this : iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --source $Trusted --dport ...
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What alternatives are there when SSH is being actively filtered?

Unfortunately our government filters the SSH protocol so now we can't connect to our Linux server. They do the filtering by checking the header of each packet in the network layer (and not by just ...
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I accidentally published my SSH key passphrase, what to do?

So I mistook input fields and now my SSH key passphrase is visible to the world, and I can't even remove it. Now as far as I understand, this is not an immediate security concern, since the ...
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Lots of SSH tries on my log. Is it normal?

I have a Raspberry Pi connected to my home and at day 2 of this month I've opened the port 22 of my router so I could SSH it from anywhere. Today by curiosity, I decided to see the raspberry pi log, ...
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Do I have an SSH password?

I have an Ubuntu server hosted on DigitalOcean, I have been using SSH keys since the very beginning. (You can chose for it to be setup before the server instance has even been created). So I have ...
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Would the authorities in my college be able to see what websites I accessed through tunneling(SSH)?

I study at a college where most social networking sites are banned(Including this one) and if someone is found using them somehow is heavily fined.I just want to know what all can the network admin ...
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Do GPG and OpenSSH use key stretching on their keypairs?

Both OpenSSH and GPG can generate key pairs which are stored as files in well-known paths inside the user directory. A passphrase is always asked for during the generation process, which is then used ...
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difference between public key and host key and security of host key

In SSH, what is the difference between host key and public key. Public key I believe that is part of private/public key pair, so, that anything sent by server(encrypted using private) can be ...
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SSH key auth, but still need password for sudo?

SSH with public-private key authentication comes enabled by default with most Linux distributions. This is great because when I create accounts for remote users I don't have to email them sensitive ...
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Security of access to local network via VNC over SSH tunnel

I've just set up a Raspberry Pi 2 with the latest raspbian and installed some services. For remote access I've installed tightvnc server which I set up to only allow connections from localhost. I can ...
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How to deal with SSH keys in insecure environment

I am trying to find out a "safe" solution for the following situation. tl;dr how to keep things secure in an environment that is absolutely not? I work in a company where workstations are not safe ...
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Choosing a cipher and MAC for an SSH connection

The cipher and mac selection according to this are in some sort of order in a config file. How do the client and server know that they are using the same ones though? Is this information exchanged in ...
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Is port forwarding inherently unsafe?

I had an argument with a person a few months ago when I proposed we forward port 12xyz to an internal SSH server. The target server was tied down in a manner similar to the one recommended by ...
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non-https winscp website

The whole point of WinSCP is to provide a secure channel between a computer and a server. "Secure" means that there is a possibility of an attacker that can view or modify bytes sent both ways. Let's ...
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Expiration / enforce change of passphrase for private ssh keys

Out of curiosity, and also to check whether this is doable at all: Is there any way using standard tools to assign an expiry date [only] to the passphrase of an ssh private key, or to enforce the ...
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RSA key generation: gpg vs openssh

When I generate RSA key for ssh (both server-side and client-side): dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server ssh-keygen the key generation is completed instantly. However, when I generate RSA key for gpg, ...
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SSH Public Key Authentication vs Username/password for API Access

I have a linux device that will be making periodic call to an API server, say everytime the system boots up. Everytime then it should authenticate itself and then do its thing. I can either store the ...
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SSH password vs. key authentication

I've usually been told that public key authentication is strongly preferred over password authentication for SSH. However our previous admin was against public keys and only issued passwords and took ...
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Is it always better to put authorized_keys in one's own .ssh directory rather than in root's .ssh directory? [duplicate]

I connect via ssh to multiple Linux servers during the day from my Mac's Terminal window. On my Mac I have the public and private keys in my .ssh directory. On the Linux servers I always use "sudo ...
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Is there a risk in opening port 22 for ssh access with a network? [duplicate]

Background We have our own datacenter which houses platform specific environments and each environment is isolated. Eeach environment is also has 3 tiers (Web Servers, Application Servers & ...
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Determining a version of SSH from penetration testing?

I am a software developer -- but not a security specialist. A (legitimate) company that does security scans sent my company a notice that we are running an older version of SSH on our hosting server. ...
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OpenSSH downgrade attack

I have tried to implement a downgrade attack against the SSH protocol as the first steps (encryption protocols exchange) are not signed, as per RFC4253. The idea is to intercept (mitm) these steps and ...
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Does OpenSSH use export ciphers?

With all of this talk of 'FREAK', no one has mentioned OpenSSH. It implements libraries from OpenSSL (until recently, anyway). Why aren't people talking about this? is there even a way to configure ...
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RSA vs. DSA for SSH authentication keys

When generating SSH authentication keys on a Unix/Linux system with ssh-keygen, you're given the choice of creating a RSA or DSA key pair (using -t type). What is the difference between RSA and DSA ...
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PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys

I know the real answer to the auditor. We are a smaller company under 40 total employees that is also PCI level 1 compliant. We've always used ssh keys on internal servers. You can't ssh in from the ...
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Share root access without sharing password

I am looking for a way to share admin privileges on some hosts without providing the admin password. From his link, I was thinking of using a primary host from which every user can sudo -u user to ...
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End-to-end encryption with a reverse proxy and an application server

Lets say that I have an nginx reverse proxy that proxies the traffic to a Tomcat on the same server. I think the most common way to configure this setup is to enable SSL on nginx and then proxy the ...
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Are these SSH passwords of hacked servers?

I have been seeing persistent SSH connection attempts on my computer from a familiar IP address. I got curious and decided to do some Googling on the IP address. Turns out that someone from Indonesia ...
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Brute-force an SSH-login that has only a 4-letter password

Suppose, you know that a certain computer is only protected by such a short password, then you could just try every possible combination easily. How would a script look like, that tries to crack that ...
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How can I block certain IP addresses from my router?

I have done some basic things protect my router like disabling wps setting strong passwords and stuff. However, I am using a virgin media superhub 2 where it does not seem to be possible to ssh into ...
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Visual fingerprint verification

OpenSSH allows to show a visual representation of fingerprints with the VisualHostKey, see announcement at O'Reilly and here. The output looks approximately like this: # Host github.com found: line ...
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Linux/ssh - Forensic question

In a Linux terminal, I made a ssh connection from A to B and I used commands to read some files stored in B. Then I disconnected and I closed the terminal. Is it possible to find on A, informations ...
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Same RSA key pair for all users

Let's say in my computer running Debian i have an RSA key pair generated by user foo and copied the public key to server_A for allowing key based authentication in ssh for foo. Now my question is can ...
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Can a compromised OpenSSHD server be used to upload a malicious payload to a client?

Since I'm fairly unfamiliar with the specific details of the SSH protocol, I was wondering if it was possible for a compromised SSHd server to upload a malicious payload (like a Trojan or some other ...
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What are the real-world implications of duplicate SSH fingerprints across many devices?

There was a recent post on the Shodan blog showing that certain SSH fingerprints are common across thousands of devices. For example, this fingerprint is common across over 250,000 devices worldwide: ...
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Realistically, how much added security does having a passphrase on a ssh key have?

Let's assume ssh key brute force is unrealistic. It seems to me your greatest vulnerability would be someone gaining access to a client filesystem. If that's the case then key loggers and a host of ...
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PCI DSS and ssh keys for root

Referring to this PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys I want to ask Is this PCI section 8.2 only for individual users or also valid if a user connects via ssh to a root account? I prefer to ssh root@localhost ...
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Has the security of PuTTY been examined?

I am wondering how PuTTY stacks up against other SSH implementations with respect to scrutiny and security of its SSH2 protocol implementation. PuTTY is probably the most-used SSH client on the ...
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SSH connection attempts from China show different key; is China doing a MITM attack on SSH traffic?

I have a server located in the USA and SSH to it from various places around the world. When I SSH in from a computer I have never used before, I'll see something like this: The authenticity of host ...
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What is the difference between authorized_key and known_host file for SSH?

I am learning basics of SSH protocol. I am confused between the contents of the following 2 files: ~/.ssh/authorized_keys: Holds a list of authorized public keys for servers. When the client ...
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Does public key auth in SSH prevent most MITM attacks?

I found this article that claims asymmetric crypto signature of DH-obtained key prevents MITM: http://www.gremwell.com/ssh-mitm-public-key-authentication Key idea: The value of 'signature' is a ...
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Is password + second factor more secure than public key auth now? (SSH)

I ask this question because, I think, we now can reasonably assume the following: NSA can break VPN and SSH: This is stated many times in the unclassified slides. Also, GCHQ has demonstrated (and ...
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SSH raspberry pi security

I've setup an SSH server on my Raspberry Pi. I use RSA keys to login, I disabled root login, password authentication and I use port forwarding to login from outside my network. I can see the ...
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Can sshd block IPs with failed attempts or is a tool like denyhosts or fail2ban necessary?

I am only indirectly familiar with denyhosts (and only just discovered fail2ban) and they certainly seem like worthwhile tools. However, after looking through the options for sshd_config I am trying ...