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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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.
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Silent security on android

I saw a DEFCON talk about owning back a stolen PC/Mac, with a SSHd daemon and a dynamic-ip service installed,running in background. I was wondering if is it possible to achieve tha same results on an ...
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Yubikeys & SSH - which option is best for lockdown?

My company has a few dozen servers hosted on a cloud provider. All but one (OpenVPN host) is closed to the internet. We're using OpenVPN AS which uses certs + Google Authenticator for login. We are ...
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What is the safest way to ssh to a machine behind a router?

I am thinking about forwarding port 22, to 22 on the machine behind router, but is it safe? Anyone can try to connect to my public IP on port 22 and then indefinitely try to guess user and password. ...
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What to do about ssh breakin attempts [duplicate]

Our system used to get bombarded by bots trying to login to the ssh client on the standard port. After switching to another port number the failed login attempts basically stopped completely. ...
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Automated tools to manage or monitor authorized_keys? [closed]

In short Are there any tools that can be used to work with authorized_keys to scan the keys and maintain a database of which servers have which keys? More context I'm a big fan of public key ...
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ECDSA vs ECDH vs Ed25519 vs Curve25519

Among the ECC algorithms available in openSSH (ECDH, ECDSA, Ed25519, Curve25519), which offers the best level of security, and (ideally) why?
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SSH and shared secrets

There was a question on a quiz I took, about different authentication methods that SSH uses. The answers were combintions of the following four: username/password public key authentication shared ...
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Find the location of a hidden host

I'm doing a penetration test for a client who wants me to try and target a specific server. I have managed to get credentials(hard-coded in an in-house app) to a limited account on this server that ...
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Is Certificate-Based Authentication Really Better Than Password Authentication in OpenSSH?

I recently set myself up with a VPS and have been hardening it to the greatest extent of my limited knowledge! I was configuring OpenSSH to use certificate based authentication when something did not ...
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Key's random art image is mostly black

I have generated an SSH key on Ubuntu 10.04 with ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "example@example.com" and the key's random art image comes out mostly empty (modified slightly): +--[ RSA 2048]----+ | ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 - Is restricting SSH and/or RDP outbound required?

This question comes up a lot as I do evaluations for different customers. I currently recommend the following: All outbound SSH & RDP blocked by default from user network (non-CDE) All outbound ...
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What role does clock synchronization play in SSL communcation

We've recently implemented WS Trust security over SSL for our client / server communications. Our application is used by thousands of our customers, spread out all over the world. One of the ...
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Do simple Linux servers really need a non-root user for security reasons?

Playing devil's advocate, Let's assume I purchase a Linux server from a hosting provider. I am given a password for the root user and am told I may login using SSH. The only purpose this server has ...
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What is the impact of RSA key's size on CPU load?

I use ssh connection encrypted and compressed. If I use small RSA keys or very big RSA keys, what is impact on CPU load for compression, for decompression and on bandwidth (encrypted file size) ?
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How to mitigate the risk of X forwarding?

I want to use X forwarding in my work because some tasks are just easier with GUI. I trust the administrators not to be malicious, but I don't trust their competence in security (almost nil). Hence ...
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Creating user specific authentication methods in SSH

I have configured sshd on an Ubuntu server to use key authentication and it is working fine. I had to disable password authentication for key authentication to work. Server is always accessed via ...
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SSH server: What's more secure, pub key auth or Google Authenticator time-based auth?

I'm curious which would be more secure, pub key authentication or 2-factor auth via Google Authenticator. Apparently I can't use both. If I have pub key authentication, the Google Auth PAM module ...
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Pros/Cons to OpenVPN vs “VPN over OpenSSH”

What are the major differences between using OpenVPN and using VPN over OpenSSH? Does adding a virtual tunnel interface to a SSH connection offer the same benefits of OpenVPN? Can PuTTY be used on ...
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Shall I set “RSAAuthentication yes” in sshd_config if I use only ECDSA key?

In a context of proprietary client boxes and servers, I want to limit authentication to ECDSA keys. Historically, "RSAAuthentication yes" was used to enable authentication with RSA and maybe DSA keys. ...
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How does Putty derive the encryption key in its .ppk format?

I have been doing some reading on the mechanics of managing RSA key pairs, during which I learned that OpenSSL by default derives the encryption key by using MD5 on the passphrase (bad!) without any ...
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SSH key passphrase update and multiply locations

I have a ssh key which I use to upload code to github. the private key is located on several locations from where I upload/download data. I wonder how can I update (or expire) old keys after I update ...
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User-friendly public/private manual authentication protocol

I have a remote service which allows users to SSH login to the machine and they're automatically sent to the (command line) application (without access to a bash prompt, for instance). In the course ...
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Difference between sshv1 and 1.5?

I've been searching for the answer to this but haven't had much luck. What is the difference between SSH version 1 and 1.5? Is 1.5 a release of 1? As in 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5? Are there any ...
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Why is using SSH key more secure than using passwords?

If people use password to log in to a UNIX server, then it could be forced to expire the password, then they change it. If people use ssh key and have no passwords, no password expirity, then ...
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OTP vs. Keyfile

I have been wondering what are the benefits and cons of using an OTP (one time password) versus a keyfile to, for example, decrypt a keepass database, connect to a server via SSH, or other uses. ...
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How compromised should I assume my computer is?

I had turned ssh on a while ago to do some remote work. I was just looking over some netstat info when I noticed someone had established an ssh session with me D: I turned ssh off immediately and ...
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How does the ShellShock exploit work over OpenSSH?

The three options listed in the CERT release (AcceptEnv TERM and SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND) are all server-side options. If none of these are set on a host (and no http vector is available) is the host ...
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Period and direction of risk when connecting to malicious webserver

Please forgive my terminology mishaps. Recently, I tried to connect to a server over SFTP. The SSH public key response differed by 1 byte to what I was expecting, from an info page. I was tempted to ...
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Is limiting access to a web script with .htaccess secure enough when that script can run arbitrary commands?

Okay, so I don't have much HTML experience, but I recently started working on a project with a group of people that involves regularly manipulating files in a web server. I would like to work on this ...
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Why does ssh `known_hosts` file need server name?

When I push/pull repos on GitHub over SSH, sometimes there will a message about unidentified server and asks if I want to trust and add it to known_hosts. Apparently this is because GitHub has ...
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Receiving sensitive data uploaded on a Web server, and remotely accessing it without exposing it to theft

Edit: I mostly used my university's guidelines on how to meet DPA standards and their own. I extrapolated a bit because encryption on a VM hosted by my uni that is already probably encrypted makes ...
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Fail2Ban does not ban failed root login attempt

I have a small server which only open ports are ssh, http and https. I have fail2ban installed and set up so that after 3 failed attempts someone gets blocked for 10 minutes (thats the dafault I ...
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How common is port-knocking? [closed]

Today I read about port-knocking for the first time. It has been a pretty known concept for more than ten years, but I don't know anybody who uses it for their servers. How common is the usage of ...
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SFTP between guest virtual machine and its host

The System I am using Windows 7 host with Cygwin and a virtual machine running Linux. The actual running guest is an Arch Linux ISO. The Objective I want to share files between the Cygwin host and ...
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Why secure encrypted data consistency by strong hashing?

Consider the SSH protocol: the SSH packet is like [data, SHA1(data)]. The packet is entirely encrypted by a block cipher. The question is, why do we need a strong hash to protect the packet ...
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Should I use the root account on my Digital Ocean server?

I have set up an SSH key with Digital Ocean that is automatically added to any servers I create. Is it okay to use this root account for SFTP and daily use or should I create another user account and ...
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Is it wrong to root login with SSH?

I've long been under the impression that with unix, you should never login as root. Now I've started using Virtual Private Servers over at DigitalOcean, and some advice is to use SSH keys to login as ...
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SSH web server good practises [duplicate]

Is it risky to open the SSH service on a web server (even with a strong password or with RSA keys) ? What are good practises to connect to a web server for maintenance ? Thank you !
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Do SSH private keys always contain enough information to derive a public key?

I am working on a persistence model for SSH Private keys. The technology used is Java. Since the persistence structure of the public and private keys is pretty similar and using some of the Java APIs ...
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How to transfer securely a file between servers?

Let's say I have two Linux servers. One containing a desktop app database (running on a local network) and a webserver. I want to automatically transfer each hour a database file (with a size of a ...
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TrustWave PCI Compliance - OpenSSH

First time 'asker' on here, but wanted to say thanks to how much I've used this site and reading answers to questions I've had! Anyway, lately I've been having issues with a customer of ours who's ...
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Is my ssh server safe because I use DenyHosts and don't allow root access?

I am by no means an expert in online security so I wanted to outline the steps I am taking to remain as safe as possible yet still make it as easy as possible to gain access to my system from anywhere ...
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Using given RSA private key without the associated public key

I'm currently following a small game to get more familar with linux and security and got the following task: The password for the next level is stored in /etc/bandit_pass/bandit14 and can only be ...
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How should I defend against zero-day attack on SSH?

Vulnerabilities are discovered everyday. The recent Heart bleed attack caught many people off guard. I was wondering if a serious flaw was to be discovered that allows unfettered access to SSH, how ...
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What are the chances to generate the same ssh key?

I could generate ssh keys on the client like (without password): ssh-keygen -b 8192 -t rsa -f /home/THEUSER/.ssh/id_rsa -P '' -v and copy the generated id_rsa.pub to the server: ssh-copy-id -i ...
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Is it not safe to open MySQL's port to the internet?

The consensus on this Server Fault question seems to be that opening port 3306 for MySQL is more dangerous than using an SSH tunnel to access MySQL. I would think that with strong credentials you ...