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OpenSSH Turns 8 Today

Contributed by merdely on from the sshtalk dept.

Will Backman writes:

Eight years ago today, Sept 26 1999, Theo de Raadt committed the initial source code for OpenSSH to the OpenBSD repository. The code was a fork of Björn Grönvall's OSSH, which was derived from an early version of the increasingly "less free" ssh from Tatu Ylönen. With only two months until the 2.6 release, the team moved quickly to remove code covered by restrictive licenses, push patent encumbered features to external libraries, and add important features such as 1.5 protocol support.

Since the initial release, OpenSSH has grown to become the most prominent implementation of the SSH protocol. It has been ported to a variety of operating systems including Linux, OSX, Solaris, and AIX, and even many embedded devices like routers and access points. The ever improving features and generous license have made this an indispensable tool for everyone and helped make our systems and network more secure.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OPENSSH!

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  1. By Anonymous Coward (85.178.66.23) on

    HAPPY B_Day OPENSSH! :)

    And thanks to all who made it possible! :)
    The latest release was awesome again! Thanks a lot! :)


    But little critic: Any chance to get the latest OpenSSH into the 4.1-STABLE tree? :)

    Comments
    1. By T (195.65.7.22) on

      > But little critic: Any chance to get the latest OpenSSH into the
      > 4.1-STABLE tree? :)

      Good question.

      http://www.openbsd.org/stable.html advertises that "OpenSSH release versions will be merged into the patch branch.". However both 4.0-stable and 4.1-stable haven't seen their openssh versions updated in a while.

      I am tracking 4.0-stable on one box, which is still at openssh 4.5. Has there been any change of policy from the developers which is not reflected in the text published at http://www.openbsd.org/stable.html ?

      Just curious...

      Comments
      1. By Anonymous Coward (213.221.123.174) on

        > > But little critic: Any chance to get the latest OpenSSH into the
        > > 4.1-STABLE tree? :)
        >
        > Good question.
        >
        > http://www.openbsd.org/stable.html advertises that "OpenSSH release versions will be merged into the patch branch.". However both 4.0-stable and 4.1-stable haven't seen their openssh versions updated in a while.
        >
        > I am tracking 4.0-stable on one box, which is still at openssh 4.5. Has there been any change of policy from the developers which is not reflected in the text published at http://www.openbsd.org/stable.html ?
        >
        > Just curious...
        >

        Yeah it just "sucks" to see "any" Linux distribution shipping a OpenSSH but OpenBSD itself doesn#t get updated. It just "sucks" ;-{

        Loong ago OpenBSD was the first OS wich got the new OpenSSH Versions (during CVS-Update).... ;-/

        Comments
        1. By Renaud Allard (renaud) on


          >
          > Yeah it just "sucks" to see "any" Linux distribution shipping a OpenSSH but OpenBSD itself doesn#t get updated. It just "sucks" ;-{
          >

          Yes, indeed, it would be nice is OpenBSD stable had the new ssh stuff, however, there is no security failure in the old one.

          Furthermore, linux or other OSes don't have the latest either.
          cat /etc/issue && ssh -V
          Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 \n \l
          OpenSSH_4.3p2 Debian-9, OpenSSL 0.9.8c 05 Sep 2006

          uname -a && ssh -V
          Darwin bree.eriador.org 8.10.0 Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.0: Wed May 23 16:50:59 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.21.3~1/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc
          OpenSSH_4.5p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7l 28 Sep 2006

          Both are fully patched systems.

          If you want the latest stuff, follow -current.

  2. By Anonymous Coward (84.197.36.22) on

    I'll drink to that!

    And aww .. my CAPTCHA is "SSHiieat" :)

  3. By Anonymous Coward (24.89.228.211) on

    Eight years already ... oh dear ... where does the time go?

  4. By Anonymous Coward (199.60.11.74) on

    Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! You secure all my networks and a billion other ones too!

    Can I get a woot! woot!

  5. By Martin Toft (130.225.243.84) mt@martintoft.dk on

    Happy birthday OpenSSH!

    To the OpenSSH developers: Thank you _very_ much.

    Not a day goes by where I don't "ssh" to some machine... Hmm, on average not an hour goes by...

    Comments
    1. By Dan Farrell (thedanno) on http://danno.appliedi.net/drupal/

      > Happy birthday OpenSSH!
      >
      > To the OpenSSH developers: Thank you _very_ much.
      >
      > Not a day goes by where I don't "ssh" to some machine... Hmm, on average not an hour goes by...

      ... same here, I constantly have ssh sessions open to multiple servers and network devices... not sure what I'd do without it.

      Thanks OpenSSH!!! Happy Birthday!

  6. By Anonymous Coward (84.60.16.250) on

    And Theo turns 40 soon, too. :)

  7. By Simon (62.146.139.10) on

    How about some birthday donation? I'll sure do this today.

  8. By Anonymous Coward (122.18.219.51) on

    Whats SSH? I find telnet is best for remotely connecting to my servers.

    Comments
    1. By Anonymous Coward (219.90.147.22) on

      Eve thinks that telnet is best for your servers too.

      Comments
      1. By Anonymous Coward (207.59.237.99) on

        Eve <3 telnet.

      2. By Anonymous Coward (206.248.190.11) on

        > Eve thinks that telnet is best for your servers too.

        Its pretty sad that the average level of knowledge of undeadly readers has gotten so low that stuff like this gets modded down. If I send in a patch that makes it so only registered users who have passed a "general unix and security knowledge" quiz can moderate, would it have a chance of getting implimented?

  9. By Anonymous Coward (151.37.25.70) on www.opencon.org

    Come to OpenCON! We should make a party about this!

  10. By Anonymous Coward (216.68.198.57) on

    Congrads to OpenBSD team for this success story. Sure wish some vendors would chip in a bit though, how about Xyear dollars per year?
    Congrads also to ar5k code admitting and following OpenBSD ISC from FSLC, see http://groklaw.net, breaking now. Sure Interested in what others have to say...expecting the undeadly section...

    Comments
    1. By Anonymous Coward (216.68.198.57) on

      Ath5k, correction.

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