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I'm happy to announce a new version of LSH, the GNU implementation of
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the secure shell protocols. LSH includes a client, a server, and a few
scripts and utility programs.

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The LSH-2.0 release, and any following LSH-2.0.x updates, are intended
to be stable. New features will be added to LSH-2.1.x.
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FEATURES

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The most notable changes and new features in LSH-2.0 are:
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o  Incompatible change to key format, to comply with the latest spki
   structure draft. You can use the script lsh-upgrade to copy and
   convert the information in the old .lsh/known-hosts to the new file
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   .lsh/host-acls, and the script lsh-upgrade-key to convert private
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   keys to the new format. (This change was made between lsh-1.5 and
   lsh-1.5.1).
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o  X11 forwarding support in lshd, enabled by default (lsh 
   doesn't ask for X11 forwarding by default).
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o  Several programs have new default behaviour:
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   * lsh-keygen generates RSA rather than DSA keys by default.
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   * lsh-writekey encrypts the private key by default, using
     aes256-cbc. Unless the --server flag is used.
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o  Client support for the "keyboard-interactive" user authentication
   method.
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o  SOCKS-style forwarding, using lsh -D. Supports both SOCKS-4 and
   SOCKS-5.
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o  Support for keyexchange with
   diffie-hellman-group14-sha1/diffie-hellman-group2-sha1 (the
   standardized name is at the moment not decided).
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o  The lsh client no longer sets its stdio file descriptors into
   non-blocking mode, which should avoid a bunch of problems. As a
   consequence, the --cvs-workaround command line option has been
   deleted.
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o  Deleted the --ssh1-fallback option for lshd. I hope ssh1 is dead by
   now; if it isn't, you have to run ssh1d and lshd on different
   ports.
	
o  Deleted code for bug-compatibility with ancient versions of
   Datafellow's SSH2. There are zero bug-compatibility hacks in this
   version.
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Some of the older (LSH-1.0, LSH-1.2, LSH-1.4) features are
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o  Random numbers are generated using the Yarrow pseudorandomness
   generator, which improves security in particular on systems without
   /dev/random. A new program lsh-make-seed is provided for
   initializing the generator.
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o  AES is now the default cipher. Faster assembler versions are
   included for x86 and sparc.
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o  lshd handles SIGHUP by closing its listening socket, and then
   waiting for existing connections to be closed before exiting. This
   makes it easier to restart lshd in a friendly way.
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o  A "gateway" interface, which lets you create a single SSH connection
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   to a remote host, and reuse that connection for later commands.
   Ideal for applications like remote CVS.

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o  Limited Kerberos support, comparable to that available for the
   original sshd.

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o  Experimental support for Secure Remote Password (SRP) authentication.
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o  Experimental support for IPv6.

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o  A manual.
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COMPATIBILITY AND PORTABILITY

LSH implements the secsh protocol as defined by the latest drafts from
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the IETF secsh working group, and interoperates with other
implementations, including SSH Inc's SSH2 products and OpenSSH. Note
that LSH is *not* compatible with SSH1.
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LSH is reported to have worked at least once on GNU/Linux on Sparc,
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Intel, PPC and Alpha, FreeBSD, Solaris and IRIX. There may well be
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portability problems left, please report them to me.
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QUALITY

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LSH is provided AS IS, ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEES, etc. Please report
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any bugs you find.
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COPYRIGHT
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LSH is distributed under the terms and conditions of the GNU General
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Public License.
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AVAILABILITY AND FURTHER INFORMATION

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The LSH home page at

  http://www.lysator.liu.se/~nisse/lsh/

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The main LSH archive is located at

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  ftp://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/security/lsh
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Discussions about LSH takes place on the lsh-bugs mailing list. See
http://lists.lysator.liu.se/mailman/listinfo/lsh-bugs.
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Happy hacking,
/Niels Möller, <nisse@lysator.liu.se>