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Connecting to other Systems

Traditionally, UNIX/Linux systems have used telnet to connect to remote systems. But if someone were to use a network sniffer (a program which allows the reading of all information flowing through the network), not only could they eavesdrop on your connection, but they could see your login AND password as you type them! telnet connections are therefore considered non-secure.

One way to avoid this is to ensure all data exchanged is encrypted. This is what SSH - Secure SHell - does: the initial connection between two system allows for the transfer of information, including public keys. A session ID is calculated by both parties. That session ID is then used as part of every piece of information exchanged, to ensure the connection is encrypted, and thus considered much more secure.

ssh is quickly becomming the prefered method for connecting to remote systems.

ssh is first introduced (because it is considered secure), even though it is still not found on all UNIX/Linux installations. telnet, on the other hand, is found on all UNIX/Linux platforms, as well as on the MS Windows 95/98/2000/NT systems.


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Claude Cantin 2010-10-24