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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Which SSH security is stronger? 2 Factor or Public key

For SSH authentication, which is more secure? 2 Factor Authentication using a USB token/Google Authenticator(time based) OR Public/private key with password Or could they be both used at the same ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password with Remote Desktop Application

I had read the Secure Remote Password Protocol paper written by Tom Wu. This protocol is resistant to dictionary attacks. I have also go through some papers regarding to VNC attacks due to weak ...
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Why CAs instead of global fingerprint database?

Why do we use "too big to fail" CAs and the chain of trust instead of a global fingerprint database in a similar vein to how ssh works?
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Can I develop SSH-based tools within United States?

It is well known that development of open-source cryptographic tools is very problematic within the United States: all open-source ssh-based software was specifically developed outside of the US of A ...
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Possible to use both private key and password authentication for ssh login?

It seems that they are mutually exclusive, as disabling one gives me the other, and vice versa. Two-factor auth for my ssh servers sounds really nice, so is there any way to accomplish this?
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OpenSSH default/preferred ciphers, hash, etc for SSH2

When using OpenSSH server (sshd) and client (ssh), what are all of the default / program preferred ciphers, hash, etc. (security related) and their default options (such as key length)? So, what are ...
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length of ciphers versus length of key

ssh-keygen defaults to RSA (for SSH protocol 2) and a 2048 bit key. At this description of ssh The supported ciphers are: 3des-cbc, aes128-cbc, aes192-cbc, aes256-cbc, aes128-ctr, ...
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Vulnerabilities of Secure Shells

I ssh into my school's engineering computer to submit large programmin projects on a regular basis. Are there any vulnerabilities or worries about using this channel so frequently? What makes a secure ...
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I think my server is under attack, what can I do to stop it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Invalid users trying to log in to my server I have a small ssh server mostly used for file sharing. A couple of other people and I use it and there are only 3 users. ...
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What are some steps to take for securing a Linux server that aren't in this list of obvious ones?

Obvious things: Disable root login (rather, don't enable it) Secure SSH (no root login, key auth only, timeout after inactivity, whitelist users who can SSH in, etc.) IP Tables firewall whitelisting ...
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SSH Log: “Accepted password for user…”

I have only port 29999 open for SSH connections. But in the log file I see entries like this: Accepted password for user1 from 190.101.200.100 port 55805 ssh2 saying that a connection was accepted ...
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ECDSA Keys Changed, SSH insecure now?

I'm running some non-critical Ubuntu servers in my dorm room in college. Turned them off before break, come back, SSH in, and get a warning that the ECDSA keys have changed. It looked pretty much ...
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Improve SSH logs

I want to improve my SSH log. I would like to basically be able to see failed attempts with ip address and the password used. is that possible? Right now I see something like this: Failed password ...
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Are passwordless SSH logins more secure?

I had a long discussion with my co-workers whether key-based SSH authentication (particularly for OpenSSH) is more secure than authentication using passwords. My co-workers always connect to servers ...
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What methods are available for securing SSH?

What methods are available for securing SSH?
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Petraeus scandal - what would have been a better way to communicate electronically [closed]

Not a security professional here but .... having read through how it happened, it's clear sending these emails from the shared account by Paula Broadwell was the problem (if I understand correctly). ...
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How to restrict SSH access outside of LAN? [closed]

We have several dedicated servers. We need to ensure "root" user can not be accessible through SSH outside of LAN. I have searched and found the followings # ...
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Replacing weak SSH fingerprint algorithms

Even though MD5 has been broken for years and its vulnerabilities have been used to create real-world rogue X.509 CAs and other horrible things, OpenSSH and PuTTY still use MD5 as the default public ...
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How to correctly secure a ssh session against MITM attack?

How do you improve the security of your ssh session against a man-in-the-middle attack?
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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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Is the `ssh-agent`'s DSA signature deterministic?

In my hopes to use ssh-agent to generate a signature as password I implicitly assumed a deterministic signature. DSA is however supposed to take random value k for signing. However that randomness is ...
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How does ssh public key authentication work?

My basic understanding is this: The (connected to) server's sshd uses the public key to encrypt some message The client's ssh or ssh-agent decrypts it and sends something back (the message's ...
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Is it okay to widely share the RSA key fingerprint for a host?

When you ssh into a remote box for the first time or if the remote host's key fingerprint has changed (from what's stored in your known_hosts file) you get a warning and you are shown the fingerprint ...
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Why does the OpenSSH client on Mac OS X silently launch an ssh-agent for the user?

I'm confused by the difference in behavior of ssh clients I'm seeing on two different hosts. Just to be clear, this is the scenario: "macbox" OS X using OpenSSH_5.2p1 ssh client "sunbox" Solaris 10 ...
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Security Concerns with TCP Forwarding

Until now I've been setting TCP Forwarding in ssh always blindly to no but searching on the net, I have trouble finding out what the actual security threat is, when allowing it. The one thing I did ...
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Are SSH packets encrypted even before new keys are sent?

What format does SSH use to exchange (encrypted / plain) packets before new keys are derived? SSH Document says that after key exchange, client and server use negotiated algorithm to encrypt the ...
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Can the root of a system access to unencrypted data when using a double tunnel?

I connect to a DMZ gateway system (B) which is not secured. From this machine (B) I can connect to the final destination (C). A-->B-->C I created a ssh tunnel from A to B and forwarding the port 22 ...
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What dangers are there in storing my private key on different servers?

This question is specifically concerned with storing keys in the cloud, and is somewhat applicable. But I've got a laptop and a desktop computer at home - I'm the admin on both of those systems, and ...
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What security implications are there for allowing outbound SSH traffic?

My school currently blocks outbound SSH traffic. Users inside the network cannot use Port 22, and attempting to make an SSH connection over another port is also blocked. (I'm assuming the firewall ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it posse a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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Hack scenario when a person has a non-superuser shell [closed]

Suppose that there are following three machines in the network: Machine A: Microsoft Server 2003 Service Pack 2 FileZilla 0.9.29 beta ftp server (TCP 21) Mcafee ePolicy server (81), remote desktop ...
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In the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, how is the shared base key 'p' known and how are A and B, protected from Eve?

I'm trying to wrap my head around Hellman, Diffie, and Merkle's key exchange design, but after reading the Wiki article about it, I can't figure out how the commonly known factor ('p', I think) comes ...
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How to create ssh tunnel using netcat?

I want to create reverse connection between two machines, but these is a firewall in the middle preventing all connections, except ssh. I want to create ssh tunnel using netcat, could you please tell ...
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Encryption-Laws in Iran

According to this article Iran has criminalized the usage of encryption and VPNs. According to this blog post it is still possible to use SSH tunnels in Iran. For me SSH is encryption and thus ...
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ssh public/private key pair

I am having problems understanding how ssh really works. I know it uses a public key cryptography to encrypt messages. However, I can ssh to a server without first generating a public/private key pair ...
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How do I get SSH to prompt me with the RSA key instead of the ECDSA key?

I am trying to SSH into my fresh Ubuntu 12.04 server. At the client I have deleted known_hosts. SSH to the host for the first time has it offering me an ECDSA key to verify. The problem is I know ...
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Confusion: Why isn't a passhrase encrypted SSH key two factor auth?

I'm trying to figure out the best practices for accessing my devbox from a public terminal. Most sources I've found recommend protecting the box with some kind of two factor authentication, such as ...
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How do RSA fingerprints protect from MITM attacks?

I understand that RSA fingerprints are used to verify that you are really connecting directly to who you want to connect to, and not someone else posing as that site. Like when you do a git push, it ...
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Can public keys be a security risk when performing password-less SSH logins?

Some companies use monitoring software such as nagios or icinga. In order to perform checks on the servers, they often need password-less SSH logins. The servers being checked put the public key of ...
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Do these mysql and ssh issues mean my rails server was hacked?

I'm running a rails application on an ubuntu server on slicehost. I got a pingdom alert that the server was unreachable, so I tried to load the website in my browser. It showed a Passenger error, ...
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Is using a public-key for logging in to SSH any better than saving a password?

Using a public/private key pair is fairly convenient for logging in to frequented hosts, but if I'm using a key pair with no password, is that any safer (or less safe) than a password? The security ...
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Is there an easy way to see a log of SCP activity on a server (ala /var/log/secure for ssh login)?

On Linux systems, /var/log/secure (or similar, depending on distro) shows all SSH login activity. Is there a similar log for SCP? If not, what's a good approach to enabling logging of scp activity ...
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SSH : Remote Host Identification Changed

As part of my daily routine, I was SSH'ing to one of the corporate servers. However this time I was presented with following message @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @ ...
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How often should an SSH key pair be changed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How often should an SSH key pair be changed? I've been using a passphrase-protected 1024-bit RSA key for passwordless SSH via ssh-agent between my own systems for years. ...
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Security Concerns with X11 Forwarding

What are some of the security concerns and reasons either for or against allowing X11 Forwarding. I have generally taken an approach of not allowing it under the blanket guise of security. Recently, ...
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What's the safest way to access my US-based bank's website from within Mexico? VPN vs SSH vs HTTPS?

I will soon be moving to Mexico and living there for an extended period. During that time I will need to occasionally access my US-based bank's website. I'll always be connecting using my own laptop, ...
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What would the high priority steps be for securing a small (cloud) application?

No doubt there is much good information at this link on hardening a linux server and at the child links off of that. And at this link to relevant tools it seems there has not yet been a popular ...
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File directory deletion [closed]

So I heard this guy talkin about how one time he deleted someone's windows directory remotely. He claimed to have gotten into the system and deleted it such that the files are all still there, but the ...
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Protection against a fired IT employee [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sysadmin leaves what extra precautions need to be taken? We have some servers on two sites. We use Puppet to allow only SSH key (root denied) and authorize users ...
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Why can an encrypted private key be brute forced?

When using SSH keys to authenticate to a server for remote access, why is it possible to devise the true key and therefore the passphrase from an encrypted private key, without checking each guess of ...