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Fetch 3.0.3 and F-secure (4 posts)
- Started 15 years ago by sboone
- Latest reply 15 years ago from david
Our information services persons want us to run SSH server on our Linux server and not FTP nor Telnet. I obtained a demo version of F-Secure for the Macintosh (client) side and have attempted to setup an encrypted login session on Fetch using F-Secure. The Fetch connection consists of host: 127.0.0.1, userid: username@ssh_server_name and I get an error: server dropped the connection (I also tried userid: username and get the same error). Has anyone figured out how to authenticate to a remote server without sending clear text login and password. I can do with out the data being encrypted.
Jim Matthews Administrator
I don't have F-secure, so I haven't tried this myself, but the idea is that you want to make an SSH tunnel from an arbitrary port (say port 5000) on your Mac to the FTP port on the server (21). Then you'd have Fetch connect to port 5000 of 127.0.0.1 (a special IP address that basically means "me"). So Fetch will connect to port 5000, where the F-secure software will be listening, and it will encrypt the connection before sending it over the network to the server. You'll want to use the same userid and password that you'd usually use (not userid@host).
On the host side the SSH software will decrypt what you send and direct it to the FTP server on port 21. So there has to be an FTP server running, but it can be configured to only accept connections from the server machine itself; that's where tunnelled connections will appear to originate.
Fetch 3.0.3 has worked fine for me using F-Secure Version 2.1 (DSA Edition).
The server will see the connection as coming from localhost, or from the machine which is passing along the FTP connection from the remote-from-your-viewpoint end of the tunnel to the actual FTP server.
You should ask the administrator of the FTP site whether localhost (or the machine at the remote end of the tunnel) has FTP access to the FTP site's machine. [That was something I initially forgot when testing our tunnelling setup...although here, I am the admin for the machine with the FTP server.]
Could you tell how you do your connection SFTP?
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