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Re: IBM ssh gateway

On Wednesday 01 February 2012 18:04:19 Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> On 2/1/2012 9:42 AM, Guy Harrison wrote:
> > Hi Ryan,
> >
> > On Wednesday 01 February 2012 13:43:32 Ryan Johnson wrote:
> >> On 01/02/2012 5:46 AM, Guy Harrison wrote:
> >>> Hi Folks,
> >>>
> >>> Can anyone help interpret this? I am fairly certain the problem lies
> >>> with IBM but I am no crypto expert. Is (for instance) the server
> >>> rejecting the connection because (say) it does not understand ECDSA?
> >>> Unfortunately I do not have an older instance of cygwin ssh to try
> >>> that theory out. The failure is recent. I upgraded my cygwin
> >>> instances over xmas.
> >>>
> >>> My primary concern is that the latter (linux) connection (after ~~~)
> >>> may fail after a future upgrade.
> >>
> >> I would definitely check with your local network security folks. When
> >> I was last at IBM I had trouble connecting from a certain machine --
> >> just that one -- and nobody could figure out why. Finally, it turned
> >> out that I had a lot of locales installed and the long list of
> >> supported languages announced by my ssh client triggered some firewall
> >> rule.
> >
> > Unfortunately I forgot to mention the problem occurs both from my home
> > network and via my work network (which I could easily have believed was
> > at fault - they've messed with it a lot recently). The ~~~ linux box
> > above connects via my home network but I have an aix box at work that
> > also connects successfully whereas work cygwin (that's on XP) fails in
> > the same fashion as my original post.
> So you're defining a successful connection as one where any key file is
> ignored/invalidated and you're left to login with your password?

Yes. Only password authentification is allowed on that IP address. Once 
connected, it is possible to connect to virtual machines we have set up via 
our company account. Ordinarily our usual scenario is to connect to the 
gateway with a username plus forward some local ports..

$ ssh \
        -L "$RHE55_SSH"":""$RHE55":22 \
        -L "$RHE55_VNC"":""$RHE55":5900 \
        -L "$RHE55_SQL"":""$RHE55":3306 \

..which will facilitate subsequent key authentification via the local port..

$ ssh -p $RHE55_SSH -YC \
	-o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null \
	-o StrictHostKeyChecking=no \
	$SSH_USER@localhost "$@"

..unfortunately I can't post the value for SSH_USER but as previously posted 
SSH_GATE is "". Is it possible for others to try..
$ ssh -vv that's enough to trigger the fault.

> That's 
> what you're showing with the Linux machine.  If that's the benchmark,
> have you tried eliminating your keys on your Cygwin machine to see if you
> get to the same point as Linux?

Yes. Same fault occurs with no valid keys. :-|


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