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Concluded WG Secure Shell (secsh)

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WG Name Secure Shell
Acronym secsh
Area Security Area (sec)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-secsh-01 Approved
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Personnel Chair Bill E. Sommerfeld
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Final Charter for 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

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


Date Milestone Associated documents
Nov 2005 Investigate Draft Standard status for secure shell
Oct 2005 File transfer draft ready for last call
Oct 2005 X.509v3/pkix draft ready for last call
Sep 2005 URI draft ready for last call
Aug 2005 Public key subsystem ready for last call

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Publickeyfile ready for last call as Informational
Done IESG approval of core drafts
Done Publish draft on X.509v3/pkix support (or subsume into gssapi draft)
Done Publish draft on terminal server support
Done Publish draft on new crypto modes
Done GSSAPI draft ready for last call
Done Submit core drafts to IESG for publication as proposed standard
Done Start sending extensions drafts to Last Call
Done Post extensions drafts for review
Done Post revised core secsh drafts
Done Decide on Transport Layer protocol at Memphis IETF.
Done Submit Internet-Draft on SSH-2.0 protocol