The Secure Socket Shell (SSH) protocol is an authentication protocol (described in RFC 4252) for securely getting access to a remote computer.

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Why ssh-gen makes difference between PEM and PKCS8?

Correct me if I am wrong, but PKCS8 is format to store private key info. It could be binary-enoded (DER) or Base64 encoded ...
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Why does my SSH private key still work after changing some bytes in the file?

I (for a test) just randomly altered a private RSA key by opening it up in Vim and changing a few bytes. It is the private part of an SSH key pair used for logging in on a remote system. Puzzlingly, ...
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Would this simple encrypted chat program be feasible using One Time Pads?

Lets say I want to build a simple chat program that has encryption that is impossible to crack for anyone, even a theoretical government with a massive super computer. Ok here's my idea. You'll need ...
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Is it safe to derive a password from a signature provided by ssh-agent?

I'd like to use a password-based system on a remote host (accessed via SSH) without having to copy-and-paste the password and without storing it on disk. Using the system with some other form of ...
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How does TLS differ from SSH from a strictly cryptographic perspective?

How does TLS differ from SSH from a strictly cryptographic perspective? I know that there are many non-cryptographic differences between them, but I would like to know the cryptographic ones.
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Does key authentication in SSH protect from MitM?

How do cryptography in SSH(2) work (secure channel establishment, authentication)? Does key authentication in SSH(2) protect from MitM by providing authentication and integrity and why?
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Why are the first 4-6 characters from ssh-keygen (RSA) the same everytime? [duplicate]

New to StackExchange, so please bear with the newbie. At my current job we are often creating many ssh keys with ssh-keygen (RSA). One thing I have noticed is that the first few characters (say the ...
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Fingerprint RSA public key in PKCS1 format

I can't find anywhere details on how to fingerprint a public RSA key in PKCS1 format. There are a lot of examples on the internet on how to fingerprint an RSA public key in openssh format using ...
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Why can ssh-keygen export a public key in PEM PKCS8 format?

In the documentation of ssh-keygen (man ssh-keygen) it says for the option -m that an export ...
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Recommended password complexity for SSH key encryption using AES-256-CBC

When protecting SSH private keys with password-based encryption, what would be a good minimum password complexity+length standard to make cracking the password too difficult to be worthwhile anytime ...
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ssh-keygen DH Primality Testing

I'm pretty familiar with using ssh-keygen to create groups that go in the /etc/ssh/moduli file for the Diffie-Hellman Group Exchange in openssh. Reading over the man page, it says "By default, each ...
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SSH rekey security implications

When an SSH session is rekeyed due to either the time limit or data limit for rekeying having passed, does the Diffie-Hellman exchange take place within the encrypted channel provided by the existing ...
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Why is diffie-hellmangroup1-sha1 used instead of diffie-hellman?

For SSH why is diffie-hellmangroup1-sha1 used instead of just diffie-hellman? In other words, why is the hash function used?
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MAC in SSH packet encryption, benefits to not including it?

What are the benefits to not including MAC in a SSH packet encryption? I understand what the MAC is there for, but if it was not included would there be an advantage? Is the MAC somewhat redundant ...
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What are the well known protocols that offer perfect forward secrecy? [closed]

As far as I know these are the well known protocols that offer PFS TLS/SSL (with DHE-RSA, DHE-DSS, ECDHE-RSA or ECDHE-ECDSA) SSH (RFC4253) OTR (Protocol Version 3 Spec) IPsec (with IKEv1 and IKEv2) ...
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what is it called when encrypt('a') + encrypt('a') == encrypt('aa')?

So normally if you do encrypt('a') twice in a row you'll get the same result. But sometimes (as is the case in SSH) this is not desirable. You want encrypt('a') + encrypt('a') == encrypt('aa'). What ...
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Does the SSH protocol preserve integrity if an endpoint is cloned?

I am trying to find out if the SSH protocol preserves integrity of the transferred data in the following scenario: The SSH client is running on a virtual machine, at some point in the middle of the ...
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Can I remove new lines in a public key?

Can I remove new lines from the rsa public key file to get a one line string? So the question is if the key looks like this AAA BBB CCC or ...
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My SSH server public key is 2048 bits, but my account's private key is 4096. What is my effective security?

My SSH server has a 2048-bit public key. But my private key, for clients to login, is 4096-bit. In this case, do I have the brute force protection of 2048 or 4096 bits? My worry is that someone ...
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AES256-CBC vs AES256-CTR in SSH [duplicate]

I used AES256-CBC to SSH to a remote server. Recently, it stopped working with the following message: ...
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Why does Openssh use only SHA1 for signing and verifying of digital signatures?

I am learning SSH protocol. With my current understanding of SSH protocol, I think that message digest algorithms for using in digital signature should be derived from Key Exchange. But Openssh ...
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Is SSH public key authentication weakened by 'none' cipher?

As far as I know, SSH2 first does a key exchange based on the server host key and brings up transport authentication and encryption derived from this kex. The real authentication (password or public ...
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How hard is it to generate a partial RSA fingerprint collision?

When I use SSH to log into a new system, I get asked to verify that the fingerprint (a 32 hex digits string) of the hosts's RSA key is correct. How much if it must I actually compare (by hand/eye) to ...
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It is reasonably safe to leave a SSH private key with a 30+ character passphrase public?

I'm curious about exploring uses for a distributing a single RSA private key with a passphrase instead of trying to secure the private key and distribute the public key. With the private key (and ...
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GPG vs PGP vs OpenSSH and management of them [closed]

What is the main difference of the three? Can I use only one of them for everything (e.g. GPG for SSH authentication) If I encrypt my private key with a pass-phrase, is it strong enough so that if ...
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Why do all SSH-RSA Keys begin with “AAAAB3NzaC1yc”?

My Friend and I have been generating a few ssh2-rsa keys and noticed that all the public keys began with "AAAAB3NzaC1yc". The similarity extended to "AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEA" between two keys I ...
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implications of SSH server key compromission when authenticating users against a public key

Friday we had a disagreement with a colleague of mine about the implications of SSH server key compromission The question was stated as this : What could a hacker do while provided with the SSH ...