Re: ssh X-forwarding not working aix

From: Darren Tucker (
Date: 04/28/04

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 03:21:15 +0000 (UTC)

In article <z3vjc.56893$>,
Darren Dunham <> wrote:
>The channel between the two ssh machines is encrypted. That does
>nothing to prevent some third party from communicating (unencrypted)
>with the forwared port.

True, but the lack of the xauth cookie should stop them from doing
anything. Try this experiment: log in to a host with X forwarding on,
then log in from another window as another user and copy $DISPLAY.

$ ssh -X user1@localhost
user1$ echo $DISPLAY

[in another window]
$ ssh -x user2@localhost
user2$ DISPLAY=localhost:15.0 xterm

You should get an error in window 1 something like "X11 connection
rejected because of wrong authentication" and no xterm.

Darren Tucker (dtucker at
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