OpenSSH

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4.9 out of 5 stars

OpenSSH provides tools that allows you to encrypt all traffic to help manage eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks to your Internet while providing secure tunneling capabilities and more.

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OpenSSH review by <span>Christopher M.</span>
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"Our default SSH server on RedHat"

What do you like best?

We have been using OpenSSH on our RedHat 6 and RedHat 7 servers for several years. I'm not sure if this is somethibng that comes default on Rackspace's Redhat servers or if they make it for us. Either way it generally just works. The thing I like most about it is that I have no problem running our JSCH programs that connect to the various servers running SSH from within a Java Thread

What do you dislike?

One thing I disliked, and this might be nitpicking or might be my ignorance, but I couldn't get it working on Windows with Cygwin. For whatever reason I just couldn't get it working

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it? Not sure really, it just works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Jenkins automation. We've always used SSH for remotely accessing a box, but it;'s become especially useful to run some of our post deployment shell scripts that execute bash on a remote server via ssh after a jenkins build.

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OpenSSH review by <span>Connor H.</span>
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"Administration Made Easy"

What do you like best?

OpenSSH is the default SSH package installed on most *nix distributions, I've never had to install anything else to make SSH work, it just does out of the box. OpenSSH is easy to configure and is packed full of useful features that make server administration a breeze. You can define various settings on a per-host basis using a dead simple configuration format so you never have to remember what arguments to use.

What do you dislike?

Like many *nix tools, OpenSSH serves its documentation in a format similar to man-pages. To a user unfamiliar with man pages finding the right thing can become a witch hunt when all you need is a single argument. More newcomer friendly documentation would definitely make OpenSSH the perfect tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to learn the man pages format first or you may find yourself struggling to look up the correct information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a way to give developers access to things like databases and various network applications that were hosted off servers on a private network, through SSH tunnels we were able to give them the access they need without exposing the servers to the outside world.

What Data Security solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
OpenSSH review by <span>James D.</span>
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"How else do you plan to access a *nix server remotely? "

What do you like best?

Open SSH is a very powerful remote access tool. It runs on just about anything *nix based, from Linux to BSD to OS X.

I use it daily for server configuration and monitoring.

Its fast and secure.

Provides full console access as if you were siting in front of a terminal.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't anything to like about OpenSSH, it is the industry standard of remote connection to a *NIX server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There really isn't anything better than OpenSSH for remote administration of a *NIX server. It is by far my most used tool in administration!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Open SSH allows us to manage headless servers without the need of a resource window server. Its faster and more secure than telnet and saves the time and effort of switching monitors around on servers or connecting a console cable.

OpenSSH review by <span>M. Serhat D.</span>
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"Administer Remote Servers Securely"

What do you like best?

OpenSSH is a key tool for system administration. It is totally free and provides you secure connections with any remote machine. OpenSSH is the default SSH agent of many popular linux distributions. I have been using Ubuntu for a long time and I never needed to install another package to handle my remote connections. OpenSSH is highly customizable, you can set your own connection settings both from command line and configuration files.

What do you dislike?

Learning all the SSH commands and tricks takes time. Generating SSH keys, configuring the environment and setting up preferences requires experience. OpenSSH is an old software but it is not well documented yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

OpenSSH is the most popular SSH client for Linux distributions. It is simple, efficient and secure. OpenSSH will cover mostly all your needs to administer a remote machine and run commands on them. If you are looking for an SSH client solution, I suggest you to try OpenSSH first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm managing my personal website with SSH connection and OpenSSH. I made all my remote servers managable with SSH connection. VPN and SSH are pretty efficient together. As an experienced linux system administrator I have been administering all the remote servers with SSH connection, which is kind of industry standard.

OpenSSH review by <span>Scott K.</span>
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"An easy, secure way for remote shell connections and thensome"

What do you like best?

I like the fact it's the industry standard for establishing remote secure connections, whether it be shell (cli) or using it for other features, such as copying files, or even VPN tunnels. Having the ability to custom configure hosts in your ssh config is really nice (along with being able to import features on every host) -- I absolutely love using ControlMaster's and Port Forwarding.

What do you dislike?

Security vulnerabilities in the past with openssl (which is typically what is linked to ssh via the library for encryption).

Recommendations to others considering the product

SSH is very powerful, it's not just for connecting to remote hosts/shells or other network devices -- you can do port forward (local or remote), VPN tunnels, ControlMaster's (which allow you to re-use any existing, open connection held by the ControlMaster), X11 Forwarding, etc. Plus I don't know any admin in their right mind who wouldn't utilize and require ssh for remote connections.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It enables us to securely connect to other servers and network devices, along with having PAM integration, we're able to use a custom OTP module for 2FA that makes it easy to deploy to other systems without having to modify the source code.

OpenSSH review by <span>Cesar I.</span>
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"Easiest way to admin a remote server"

What do you like best?

SSH and OpenSSH's implementation are the easiest way to get into a remote server and manage it. Getting a remote shell is just the beginning, port forwarding, and even X forwarding are key features that make ssh a great protocol. Password-less logins with public keys it's very useful as well as being able to automate tasks across servers saves tons of hours and repetitive work.

What do you dislike?

Configuration and hardening can be hard. Also windows as a server it's mostly out of the question. The handling of RSA and DSA keys can be a bit difficult sometimes. It's easy to loose a key and then you could be left out of a server. To remedy that there are some other tools that can help with the backup and handling of keys but it's not part of OpenSSH.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stick to the distributions defaults but check them yourself. Depending on what you need, you might have to tweak those. A bare-bones installation is only recommended if you really know openssh from top to bottom and you are sure that you need to do something like that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Administering remote servers is something that most software companies have to do most of the time. Having an standardized and ubiquitous way of accessing them is just a relief.

OpenSSH review by <span>Milad T.</span>
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"A must-have tool for security."

What do you like best?

OpenSSH is mature and de facto standard in industry. I use SSH on a daily basis, it is a reliable and stable technology. It is compatible and works across many platform and is battle tested. Must have tool for every developer.

What do you dislike?

Despite of the fact that openSSH is very stable, some of the patches/updates break compatibility with older softwares. Specially wrappers in different languages can suffer from backward incompatible patches. OpenSSH team does a great job providing documentation but it can get confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a must have tool. Learning ssh is essential.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure data exchange between internal servers and managing remote/local servers with ssh.

OpenSSH review by <span>Josh V.</span>
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"I use it every day"

What do you like best?

I love being able to connect to my various systems and have a complete system at my finger tips. Most of what I do with my systems can be done with the command line, but occasionally I will fire up a graphical program with some delicious X forwarding. I also use the tunneling and SOCKS proxy features quite regularly.

What do you dislike?

I honestly can't think of anything I dislike about OpenSSH. It's been great for the last 16 or so years that I've been using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

OpenSSH opens up a lot of doors for interacting with remote systems. It's a great tool, and I think anyone who deals with any unix-like system should be familiar with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can administer virtually any system as though I were standing right in front of it, all over an encrypted connection.

OpenSSH review by <span>Phil w.</span>
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"I can't live without SSH , Can you ?"

What do you like best?

It just works and very configurable, and this is so magical you will never stop learning all possible tricks can SSH offers to you and makes you life easier and simpler, specially if you want selfhosted services for managing your data. One other cool thing is to be able to use it on your phone and get back your sessions using GNU screen and use CLI or ncurses utilities (IRC, mutt etc)

What do you dislike?

For advanced usage, It's not that obvious to use without a litle of network knowledges. Also I use mosh , orautossh and GNU/screen to make my session persistant, It could be also neat to add honts for relay services managed by community .or yourself to avoid NAT blockage (think teamviewer)..

I wish to have nice mobile app that use SSH as transport and "emulate" local processing, like file editor or chat client or webbrowser seamless., and eventually manage disconnection or cache, Last feature It would be good to have support for very asynchronous sessions on offline system, like a POST / RECEIVE over days or reboots, maybe a "shell service" over mail already exists

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at listed utilities , mosh autossh screen then get along well, also -D to setup a local SOCKS proxy is very convenient

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Remote maintenance or developmentm, remote sharing, backuping, tunneling, git, rsync the list is too long...

OpenSSH review by <span>Marc S.</span>
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"There is OpenSSH, and nothing else"

What do you like best?

Free, Open Source, easy to use. OpenSSH/ssh is such a common part of a developer/ops person's toolkit, that it's basically taken for granted. I've been using OpenSSH tools for 10+ years, literally almost every single day of my life...and i've never once had a second thought about using something else.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Honestly, nothing. If you're comfortable on the command line, then ssh (et. al.) will just be a part of your everyday language.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just make sure you're familiar - and comfortable - with the command line.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are running large & small scale applications, mostly web based, built using open source technologies (java/tomcat/etc). Nothing is on-prem (using AWS), so it's critical i can connect to all of our machines via ssh.

I'm ashamed to admit, i can't even name a competitor in this space.

OpenSSH review by <span>Ricardo R.</span>
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"The de facto standard for remote shell access"

What do you like best?

OpenSSH is the standard and omnipresent solution for secure remote shell access. It provides security and encryption for several other protocols as well such as git+ssh, sftp, scp amongst others.

What do you dislike?

Given its popularity, it is a frequent target of security exploits.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easily available on any UNIX or Linux distribution.

Do not even thing on using it on windows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- provides secure and encrypted access to remote shells on servers

- secure source code transfer on git servers

- provides secure file transfer between office and datacenter servers

- tunneling connections

OpenSSH review by <span>Sunil W.</span>
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"Everyone should learn SSH! OpenSSH is the common implementation."

What do you like best?

It's everywhere. It's mature. It works pretty much the same way across platforms. The development team care about the security of the user.

What do you dislike?

Despite OpenSSH's own work, SSH, the underlying protocol, is still not that easy to understand. There isn't enough education for end users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's no alternative to using it. Most people who need secure comms for network administration are already using it. A small few simply don't know that they are already using it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using OpenSSH for secure comms across my networks. Having a common implementation of SSH makes life simpler.

OpenSSH review by <span>Duccio M.</span>
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"Amazing free software!"

What do you like best?

I love how openssh lets me access my private network from outside in complete safety.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really, it's a great software which very little for bugs and annoyances

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Openssh lets me access my server from wherever in an easy and fast way.

OpenSSH review by <span>Mahmut B.</span>
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"Best service for tunneling and secure application deployment"

What do you like best?

Robust and fast usage of OpenSSH. It provides many features like easy installation, secure and fast access to servers.

What do you dislike?

Nothing I would say, it is extremely vital piece of software for application developments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it without any suspicion or dread.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure communications over single and/or multiple servers. Muxed through many-to-many pattern and suuplies transportation security.

OpenSSH review by <span>ANKIT A.</span>
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"openSSH in action"

What do you like best?

easy to use , familiar command like access

What do you dislike?

nothing as such to dislike as of now , this software is satisfying my project needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

connecting to remote mechine and provides authentication

OpenSSH review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Been using OpenSSH FOR MANY YEARS"

What do you like best?

It’s an all in one for secure access and file transfers to machine across the lan, wan, and internet.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the security requirements don’t match the server and it can be difficult to figure out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in infrastructure so accessing many machines from Linux to Solaris to AIX as well as machines in AWS is very convenient with OpenSSH.

OpenSSH review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Secure Shell Tool"

What do you like best?

It's an opensource and secure tool for connecting to linux and other appliances with shell console connections.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike about this tool. I use it daily!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure connections between servers.

OpenSSH review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"OpenSSH is powerful and secure"

What do you like best?

We use OpenSSH to access production and development servers. It's easy to set up and maintain, well-documented, and powerful for all of our needs.

What do you dislike?

This isn't meant for casual users, so starting out might be a bit daunting for some.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can access a variety of computers and servers from one workstation, from any other type of system.

OpenSSH review by User in Retail
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"Very capable remote login software."

What do you like best?

The degree of protecrion given to avoid unauthorized access.

What do you dislike?

Not as easy to deploy as more commercial products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to mobitor business securely when away from the site.

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