Re: ssh security

From: Dick Hoogendijk (
Date: 03/18/05

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    On 18 Mar Bart Silverstrim wrote:
    > On Mar 18, 2005, at 6:23 AM, Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
    > >I log in from a remote windows computer on my school using PuTTY w/
    > >ssh2. What I'd like to know is how *safe* is the login from this
    > >windows machine?
    > >I would like to be able to login to my home computer without being
    > >worried about some sneaky system operator at work (school) ;-)
    > The SSH session, I believe, should be secure from sniffing (assuming
    > you're using protocol 2).
    > If someone puts a keystroke logger on your windows machine, they will
    > get the password.
    > If they put a hardware logger on your computer, they will get the data.
    > If they are watching over your shoulder just as you misstype your
    > password as your username, you're probably in trouble.
    > If someone is viewing your Windows desktop using remote monitoring
    > software (like a modified VNC), they'll see your session.
    > If putty is trojaned, you're in trouble.
    > If you're *really* paranoid about the connection, grab knoppix and use
    > it's ssh client to log in remotely.

    OK, thank you and all others who responded so quickly. This summary is
    very clear. I changed all passwords right when I came back home ;-)
    Assuming bad news has not yet happened..

    Maybe I'm paranoid but I'll go for knoppix next time. It's the safest
    way to go as I understand now.

    dick -- -- PGP/GnuPG key: F86289CE
    ++ Running FreeBSD 4.11 ++ FreeBSD 5.3
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