RE: passphrase/ssh2

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Date: 08/05/05

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    To: Michael Mannsberger <>
    Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 17:32:23 -0700

    The private keys when stored are pem encoded. I presume you want to
    search the file system and find unprotected keys. Provided the file
    systems that you are searching are receptive to such a query. If a
    private key is encrypted it will say so in the first N bytes of the

    My experience has suggested if the key is encrypted, but the files
    indicated as such would necessitate a custom ssh client. It would seem
    to me in your favorite scripting or compiled language: check the file to
    ensure ascii, open the file, check the first couple of lines to
    determine key type: openssh2,, putty etc...
    Then pass the next lines to your check functions if you don't find the
    crypto notice then its an unprotected file.

    I presume you are already versed in the command option the public key
    entries can contain such can mitigate much of the risk associated with
    an unencrypted private key.



    > > How can I check if a ssh2 key has a passphrase set or not? I
    > > know the structure of a ssh1 private key but can't find
    > > anything on ssh2.
    > >
    > > -mike

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