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mode: <>2015-01-26 03:04:45 +0000
committerDamien Miller <>2015-01-27 00:00:57 +1100
commit8d4f87258f31cb6def9b3b55b6a7321d84728ff2 (patch)
treec98e66c1c0824f0b0e312d7b44d8eeac46265362 /PROTOCOL
parent60b1825262b1f1e24fc72050b907189c92daf18e (diff)
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Host key rotation support. Add a protocol extension (global request) for a server to inform a client of all its available host key after authentication has completed. The client may record the keys in known_hosts, allowing it to upgrade to better host key algorithms and a server to gracefully rotate its keys. The client side of this is controlled by a UpdateHostkeys config option (default on). ok markus@
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@@ -282,6 +282,28 @@ by the client cancel the forwarding of a Unix domain socket.
boolean FALSE
string socket path
+2.5. connection: hostkey update and rotation ""
+OpenSSH supports a protocol extension allowing a server to inform
+a client of all its protocol v.2 hostkeys after user-authentication
+has completed.
+ string ""
+ string[] hostkeys
+Upon receiving this message, a client may update its known_hosts
+file, adding keys that it has not seen before and deleting keys
+for the server host that are no longer offered.
+This extension allows a client to learn key types that it had
+not previously encountered, thereby allowing it to potentially
+upgrade from weaker key algorithms to better ones. It also
+supports graceful key rotation: a server may offer multiple keys
+of the same type for a period (to give clients an opportunity to
+learn them using this extension) before removing the deprecated
+key from those offered.
3. SFTP protocol changes
3.1. sftp: Reversal of arguments to SSH_FXP_SYMLINK
@@ -406,4 +428,4 @@ respond with a SSH_FXP_STATUS message.
This extension is advertised in the SSH_FXP_VERSION hello with version
-$OpenBSD: PROTOCOL,v 1.24 2014/07/15 15:54:14 millert Exp $
+$OpenBSD: PROTOCOL,v 1.25 2015/01/26 03:04:45 djm Exp $