Re: Palm to FreeBSD using ssh

From: Timothy Luoma (
Date: 08/29/05

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    Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 13:39:11 -0400
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    On Aug 29, 2005, at 11:49 AM, Mark Senior wrote:

    > The correct answer is probably "it depends". There are a couple of
    > risk
    > factors that spring to mind. I've probably left some things out, but
    > maybe this would give you a place to start.
    > - malicious servers - how frequently will you connect to unknown ssh
    > servers? The more often you do this, the more you should tend to use
    > the more thoroughly tested software (but as you say, maybe the
    > makers of
    > tussh just less humble).

    Almost never. I connect to the same 2 servers all the time, a 3rd
    one less often. Other than that, I just don't.

    > - client theft - how likely is the device that stores your private
    > keys
    > to be stolen (or lost)? The more likely this is, the more you should
    > tend to use encrypted keys. In the case of a portable device, I would
    > weigh theft as by far the highest risk.

    The key is a "DSA Private Key" which I assumed was safe.

    > - client compromise - how likely is the device that stores you
    > private keys to be compromised? A Windows worm can compromise a
    > Unix box, if the Windows box stores unencrypted ssh keys for the
    > Unix box. Encrypting keys provide some defence in depth against this.

    The client machine in question is a Mac. I don't store anything of
    value on a Windows machine.


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