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Why a Distro-Provided OpenSSH is Better than a Third-Party OpenSSH

Feb 01, 2011, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"When a third-party vendor tells you their custom OpenSSH is better than your Linux distro's OpenSSH, here is why you should be skeptical.

"Recently one of our customers sent us marketing materials from one of our competitors. One thing that stuck out was the positioning that their version of a critical system component used in *NIX OpenSSH is better than the vendor-provided OpenSSH (from Red Hat, for example). As a former systems engineer responsible for many *NIX systems, this raises a red flag and here's why.

"In the last 10 years the SSH (secure shell) protocol has become the dominant (and sometimes only way) of interacting with *NIX servers. SSH provides users a secure method of accessing *NIX resources remotely, replacing rsh or telnet. OpenSSH is a server and client program that implements the SSH2 protocol and is the de facto program used on many *NIX flavors (i.e. AIX, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Red Hat, SLES, Ubuntu) and it does it very well."

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