ssh-agent?? SOLVED

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ssh-agent?? SOLVED

Postby mdquince on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:38 pm

in system monitor there are a couple of processes I have idea what they are. one is ssh-agent. what is that?
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Re: ssh-agent??

Postby viking777 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:20 pm

Hmm? OK here we go. I don't know what ssh-agent does specifically, but I do know what ssh does, it allows you to remotely connect to your computer (usually a server) through a terminal.

Since a large part of the Linux commercial market is on servers, it makes sense to include this program by default, but unfortunately, as clever as it is, any program that allows you to remotely connect to another machine is nirvana for crackers. If you can do it, then eventually, so can they. Thus, ssh is a major attack vector for anyone who might wish to compromise your system.

So you have to ask yourself a few questions. Are you running a remote server? Are you ever going to run a remote server? Will you ever wish to remotely connect to your computer through a command line interface?

If the answer to all these questions is no, then you don't need ssh in any way, shape or form.

So what you do is this. Open your package manager and enter 'ssh' into the 'search' window. If you have any package installed that includes ssh (probably openssh-client) then right click the package and elect to 'completely remove' it.

Your computer will be safer as a result of this action.
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Re: ssh-agent??

Postby mdquince on Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:14 pm

thanks and the funny thing is there was no shh to uninstall, why was that??
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Re: ssh-agent??

Postby viking777 on Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:32 am

mdquince wrote:thanks and the funny thing is there was no shh to uninstall, why was that??


I don't believe you.

I am sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong, but I do not believe it is possible to have a daemon called ssh-agent running if you have no packages that include ssh in some form or another. If you read my post again I said the most likely candidate is openssh-client which is not the same as ssh .
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Re: ssh-agent??

Postby mdquince on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:18 pm

you were right again. Thanks
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