New x11-ssh-askpass release available

Damien Miller djm at
Sat Dec 11 10:33:32 EST 1999

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On 10 Dec 1999, Philip Hands wrote:

> Jim Knoble <jmknoble at> writes:
> >
> ...
> > X11-ssh-askpass is drop-in passphrase dialog for OpenSSH, based solely
> > on the regular X11 libraries (libX11, libXt), with a default look and
> > feel similar to the passphrase dialog present in recent releases of the
> > not-so-open SSH-1.2.x.
> Given that this requires least (in terms of library dependencies) of
> all the Free ssh-askpass implementations available to us, is it going
> to be adopted as the default?
> It seems to make sense to put this in the main source tree (as
> ssh-askpass) and to get rid of the other two, to remove clutter, but
> perhaps I'm missing some reason that people might prefer the gnome or
> perl-tk versions.

I am considering seperating the gnome and the perl-tk askpasses out 
of the tree that I distribute.

Since Markus added the ability to choose which particular askpass 
program is used at runtime it makes sense to offer a few different

If Jim has no objection, I might start RPM packaging his askpass 
program and distributing it with the other RPMs I build.

The perl-tk askpass concerns me a bit. Perl is a big interpreted 
language with plenty of opportunities for a users passphrase to
end up in VM and no way to ensure its erasure.


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