SSH for OS/390 (ODBC SSH-Tunneling to OS/390)

Florian Laws florian at
Sat Dec 20 04:00:54 EST 2003

On Fri, Dec 19, 2003 at 10:45:11AM -0600, Daragh Fitzpatrick wrote:
> 	The vendor that is providing the ODBC listener on the Mainframe side
> says they can provide SSL encryption as an alternative, but there are no
> SSL-enabled ODBC drivers on the distributed side that we can find. 
> 	We hoped we could use SSH-tunneling, but it appears the only
> 'obvious' implementation has EBCDIC-ASCII issues, and so can't handle binary
> (now, I don't know for sure that ODBC is binary, but I'm hedging my bets.)

If the server side is in fact SSL-enabled, you could use stunnel on
the clients for SSL tunneling. I don't know if it is iteroperable between
ASCII and EBCDIC platforms, though.

Also, if I remember correctly, somebody has ported SSH to BS/2000,
which is also a EBCDIC platform. You might find something about this
in the list archives.



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