Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Dec 2006 17:57 UTC, submitted by falko
Privacy, Security, Encryption "This guide describes how to generate and use a private/public key pair to log in to a remote system with SSH using PuTTY. PuTTY is an SSH client that is available for Windows and Linux. Using key-based SSH logins, you can disable the normal username/password login procedure which means that only people with a valid private/public key pair can log in. That way, there is no way for brute-force attacks to be successful, so your system is more secure."
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Good for secure scripting
by pcummins on Mon 11th Dec 2006 02:42 UTC
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I use this system to get my Windows boxes to execute some scripts locally (mostly dumping DHCP information), then I scp them across to my GNU/Linux boxes securely. You lock the remote side down to a very secure account (ie, restricting what commands can be run), voila - secure way to send data from a to b without needing a password, good for scripting say at 12:00 am in the morning. I could use FTP etc, but what's the point - scp is much better for this situation. I don't fancy leaving unencrypted passwords in my script.bat files.

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