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2.5.8 Secure Shell (secsh)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 53rd IETF Meeting in Minneapolis, MN USA. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 22-Feb-02
Bill Sommerfeld <>
Security Area Director(s):
Jeffrey Schiller <>
Marcus Leech <>
Security Area Advisor:
Jeffrey Schiller <>
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Description of Working Group:
The goal of the working group is to update and standardize the popular SSH protocol. SSH provides support for secure remote login, secure file transfer, and secure TCP/IP and X11 forwardings. It can automatically encrypt, authenticate, and compress transmitted data. The working group will attempt to assure that the SSH protocol

o provides strong security against cryptanalysis and protocol attacks,

o can work reasonably well without a global key management or certificate infrastructure,

o can utilize existing certificate infrastructures (e.g., DNSSEC, SPKI, X.509) when available,

o can be made easy to deploy and take into use,

o requires minimum or no manual interaction from users,

o is reasonably clean and simple to implement.

The resulting protocol will operate over TCP/IP or other reliable but insecure transport. It is intended to be implemented at the application level.

Goals and Milestones:
Done   Submit Internet-Draft on SSH-2.0 protocol
Done   Decide on Transport Layer protocol at Memphis IETF.
Done   Post revised core secsh drafts
Feb 01   Submit core drafts to IESG for publication as proposed standard
Feb 01   Post extensions drafts for review
Feb 01   Start sending extensions drafts to Last Call
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