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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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 ...
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What's the importance of sshd's setting RekeyLimit?

man sshd_config page states: RekeyLimit Specifies the maximum amount of data that may be transmitted before the session key is renegotiated, optionally followed a maximum amount of time ...
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Using a custom authentication mechanism with SSH

I have a hardware device that can compute ECDSA signatures and generate ECDSA keys without exporting the private key (only public key is exported). I'm looking for a way to tie this into SSH. Is ...
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ssh always too many authentication failures

No matter on which server I try to connect via password login, I always get the error message Too many authentication failures for If I have exchanged the ssh-keys, I can login without password as ...
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Monitor SSH traffic

Hi Folks, I was monitoring my SSH port with tcpdump and have had a lot of activity as expected. When I look at the traffic I get the above image. What does it mean? Thanks
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SSH stealing files from client?

Is it technically possible for a ssh server to steal files from a connected client?.
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signing private openssl key for use with openssh

This is related to Converting keys between openssl and openssh . I have private keys generated by openssl that I want to use with SSH for connection authentication. I have no issue using ssh-keygen ...
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What kind of vulnerability it may have for known ssh-hostkey?

I saw there is NSE script in nmap that can retrieve the ssh-hostkey(RSA or DSA) from the target host. For example, 22/tcp open ssh | ssh-hostkey: 2048 ...
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What's the common pragmatic strategy for managing key pairs?

I have a small number of different workstations (plus client devices like iPhone) that I use for to connecting to numerous servers using SSH. Originally when I learned about PKI, I created a single ...
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Why doesn't SSH use a better algorithm for encrypting keys?

According to the answers in this question, SSH still uses a very basic algorithm for encrypting keys with a passphrase, which can be attacked at a rate of billions tries per second using dedicated ...
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Is there any security risk with adding a **root's** public key to the local user's authorized_keys (so root to login as a user non-interactively?)

Background: I want to try unprivileged lxc containers a try on my small web server (hosting 2-4 users). Since the server is shared among friends, we decided to separate our services from the machine ...
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How can I prevent keys loaded into ssh-agent from being sent to a particular (insecure) server?

A particular server I need to interact with has an ancient or crippled sshd installed, and only supports SHA1 algorithms for key exchange. From information in the Snowden documents, I am leery that ...
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Best practices to copy private keys to mobile devices

I would like to copy an ssh key to my Android phone. However, I have displaced the connection cable for my computer. I am looking for a safe way to transfer the key to the device. Obviously, I don't ...
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Firewall and Torrent

I use my university internet network and all incoming connection is blocked on every port.(they use netasq firewall) They have no other restrictions which stops me from using a torrent client. Using ...
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SSH key-type, rsa, dsa, ecdsa, are there easy answers for which to choose when?

As someone who knows little about cryptography, I wonder about the choice I make when creating ssh-keys. ssh-keygen -t type, where type is either of dsa,rsa and ecdsa. Googling can give some ...
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Consequences of compromised /etc/ssh/moduli

Hypothetically, what could an attacker achieve if they have a copy of of /etc/ssh/moduli?
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Allowing root login, but denying any actual logins

A friend told me a few months ago about an audit where he discovered root logins were enabled via SSH. This obviously ended up on the report, but when questioned the admin told him that he had set up ...
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Is it possible to retrieve SSH v2 credentials in a username/password authentication scheme?

I'm currently analysing a compromised network(root access has been gained to a workstation and logs show that it has been used for port scanning and service brute forcing attacks on the remaining ...
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Public key authentication: what gets signed?

I've just started reading about SSH and how it's used for authentication. From this website, it says: The private key is able to generate signatures. A signature created using your private key ...
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Can I “hide” the private key, while still allowing it to be used?

Let's say you assign SSH keypairs to all users on your system; none of these "low trust" users have root privileges. You want the users to be able to use their keys in SSH connections, however, you ...
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How does SSH use both RSA and Diffie-Hellman?

SSH protocol 2 allows you to use DSA, ECDSA, ED25519 and RSA keys when establishing a secure connection to a server. (Keep in mind for this question that I'm only familiar with the procedure and ...
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Authentication Agent Protocols for SSH

Is the protocol described at https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-secsh-agent-02 actually implemented by any ssh agent? pageant implements a different protocol as does OpenSSH's ssh-agent.
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Distinguishing SSH and HTTPS traffic

Alice is an employee of Chris, and Chris does heavy traffic monitoring via its company proxy. Alice wishes to use a Bob's web service while preserving privacy and confidentiality. She has full ...
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how safe is a home NAS with ssh access?

I'm thinking about acquiring a NAS from Synology (or QNap), these are pretty cool NAS and do much more than just storing files. Some extras include: ssh, ftp, telnet, mail servers photo gallery ...
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sniff SSH password on the server

Is it possible on the server to log the password encoded by the remote user inside a log. I want to make a honeypot to see the type of user/password used.