From a security standpoint is it safe to run Teleport instead of an SSH daemon?

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    The reasons why are outlined on their Readme. As for a security review, we can't really do that.
    – schroeder
    Sep 28 '16 at 21:08
  • @drewbenn Sorry for asking without doing enough research.
    – noob
    Sep 28 '16 at 22:19

For anything really sensitive, it's hard to justify using Teleport given how young it is.

OpenSSH is battle-tested and has had 10000's of developer hours spent on it, as well as countless audits.

OpenSSH is also guaranteed to be around for a long time to come.

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    OpenSSH being "battle-tested" isn't as structurally sound given how many CVEs have been cropping up for it lately. But I do agree 100%. Sep 28 '16 at 21:19
  • @SethMichaelLarson - I guess that is side effect of more work being done on it. If you looks at the CVE list you see more CVEs in 2015 and 2016 but also a bigger number of openssl versions (1.0.0x, 1.0.1x, and now 1.0.2x). The versions (and the number of lines of code) are going up quicker than ever before.
    – grochmal
    Sep 28 '16 at 22:13
  • @SethMichaelLarson: that's the result of being battle-tested. I really doubt Teleport authors write significantly more secure code than OpenSSH authors.
    – George Y.
    Sep 29 '16 at 2:58
  • Being older means OpenSSH has had more testing; it also means it has much more accumulated cruft that could be vulnerable.
    – user253751
    Sep 29 '16 at 10:51

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