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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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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What methods are available for securing SSH?

What methods are available for securing SSH?
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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 pose a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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Should I change the default SSH port on linux servers?

Is there any advantage in changing the SSH port, I've seen people do that, but I can't seem to find the reason why. If you have a strong password and/or a certificate, is it useful for anything? ...
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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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What's the hash for in ECDHE-RSA-AES-GCM-SHA?

Presumably the SHA is for deriving the AES key from the shared secret. Where else is the hash used? ECDH just does ECC (no hashing). RSA does masking and padding but this doesn't involve the ...
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What is the difference between SSL vs SSH? Which is more secure?

What is the difference between SSH and SSL? Which one is more secure, if you can compare them together? Which has more potential vulnerabilities?
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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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What is the difference between SSH and IPsec?

There seems to be similar encryption going into both. They both use asymmetric (RSA, elliptic curves, etc) for the initial key exchange, then go to some symmetric (AES, Blowfish, etc) protocol. I'm ...
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How to use public WiFi safely?

The Dangers of Open Wi-Fi How does one go about sending valuable information (for example inputting email username and password) over a free password-less public WiFi network? The only option that I ...
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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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stronger encryption for SSH keys

I configured my server to encrypt user passwords using 500,000 rounds of SHA-512. The question is, how does the standard AES-128-CBC encrypted SSH private key stack up to that, provided the same (or ...
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What is the best practice: separate ssh-key per host and user VS one ssh-key for all hosts?

Is it better to create a separate ssh-key for each host and user or just using the id_rsa key for all host to authenticate? Could one id_rsa be a malpractice for the privacy/anonymity policies? ...
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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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How to set up OpenSSH to use x509 PKI for authentication?

I do not mean simply putting the public RSA key of a x.509 certificate into ~/.ssh/authorized_keys - I'm looking for a way to set up a ssh such that x.509 certificates signed by a pre-defined CA will ...
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Risks of ssh to an untrusted host?

I use ssh a lot to connect to a variety of servers at my university. The machines are administrated by students, so assume they can't really be trusted;-) What are the risks in making a ssh ...
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How do I get the RSA bit length with the pubkey and openssl?

I have a public key generated with ssh-keygen and I'm just wondering how I get information on the keylength with openssl?
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Consequences of tampered /etc/ssh/moduli

What are the consequences if an attacker is able to modify the /etc/ssh/moduli file?
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Reusing Private/Public Keys

I have accounts on several third party sites - Bitbucket, Bluehost, etc. From what I've gathered, it is common practice to use one key pair for all [id_rsa, id_rsa.pub], but only to give out the ...
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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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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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Can an SSH server fingerprint be spoofed?

If I simply connect to an SSH server, get its key fingerprint, and immediately disconnect, does the SSH protocol ensure that the server also had the private key in order to get that far into the ...
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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 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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Converting keys between openssl and openssh

If I use the following openssl req -x509 -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout private.pem -out public.pem -nodes I get private.pem and public.pem If I use ssh-keygen -t rsa -f rsa I get rsa and ...
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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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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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Am I experiencing a brute force attack?

When checking the auth log of a server with the command: grep sshd.\*Failed /var/log/auth.log | less I see thousands of lines like this: Jan 12 11:27:10 ubuntu-leno1 sshd[8423]: Failed ...
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Invalid users trying to log in to my server

I'm seeing a lot of log entries that appear to be failed login attempts from unknown IP addresses. I am using private and public keys to log in with SSH but I have noticed that even with private ...
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How often should an SSH key pair be changed?

I've been using a 1024-bit RSA key for passwordless SSH between my own systems for years. More recently I've also started using it for passwordless access to my hosting providers and to source code ...
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Is it possible to use a GPG or SSH key for web based authentication in a secure fashion?

Let's say hypothetically I am writing a web application targeting technically inclined, security-conscious users who have no problems generating and using GPG or SSH keys. Is it possible to use said ...
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Can IP address be a component of 2-factor authentication?

I have a bunch of Linux machines that I wish to administer over the Internet. I currently use SSH keys, but have been advised to use 2-factor authentication. SSH Keys are something you know. Is an IP ...
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Public wifi security protocols

I should apologise first- this post could seem a lot to ask for, but I am starting to go around in circles. I am interested in securing my laptop for when I use public wireless hotspots, as I am a ...
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Is piping a `ssh-agent` signed message as a password secure?

There's an encrypted filesystem on a server I ssh into using public key authentication. Since a forwarded ssh-agent can deterministically sign a message (see also the ssh-agent protocol section 2.6.2),...
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How to (further) ensure SSH security?

I set up my Linux Ubuntu machine as an SSH server through no-ip.com and it works great. Recently I discovered the command, sudo lastb -ad -F -w which outputs a log of the most recent failed SSH ...
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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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Is IP spoofing relevant to TCP? Is it relevant for TLS or SSH?

I have read the TCP Connection Establishment on Wikipedia In brief the packets to start are SYN, with a (hopefully) random sequence number A from the client. SYN-ACK, responding, with A+1 and (...
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Does a VPN provide any security benefits over sshuttle or a vanilla ssh tunnel?

I use sshuttle to tunnel my traffic through one of my remote boxes whenever I'm in a cafe or connected to an insecure network. Does a VPN provide any additional security benefit over this kind of ...
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Disabling authentication via DSA keys in OpenSSH?

How can I disable DSA and ECDSA authentication on my server with OpenSSH 5.9? Sifting through the documentation material and doing a web search didn't yield any results - only an old bug report for ...
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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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How can I tunnel through an SSH server for application layer protocols such as HTTP/s and FTP?

Are there client programs that allow me to "tunnel" through my SSH enabled server for normal Internet requests such as HTTP(s)? If so what are they and can someone point me in the right direction? ...
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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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Why don't PGP and SSH keys see more widespread use as a second factor when authenticating?

One of the major up-and-coming MFA methods is U2F, which relies on an initial key exchange and challenge-response mechanism. It's a relatively new protocol, and is only starting to see more ...
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Managing multiple SSH private keys for a team

I have a medium-sized team (~10 people, but we expect to grow) that manages a set of EC2 servers on AWS (currently a few dozens, but this is also expected to grow). As EC2 requires you to have an ...
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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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What are the risks of SSHing to an untrusted host?

When SSHing to a host that has been compromised (or outright replaced using the stolen server keys) by an attacker with root permissions, what is the worst that can happen to the client? It is well ...
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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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Is SOCKS secure?

In order to create a VPN, I open an SSH tunnel with a command like ssh -D 9000 user@host, and then I set my system's proxy settings to use SOCKS5 through localhost:9000. Well, setting up my home ...
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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 ...
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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 ...