HostKey checking and DNS finger print verification

Senthil Kumar senthilkumar_sen at
Thu Mar 23 20:43:49 EST 2006

Hello All,

I have a client-server setup with about 100 nodes. We often install the OS 
and this results in change of host keys in our server. This necessiates the 
need to update all known_hosts files in the client machines. Im using the 
VerifyHostKeyDNS option in the client side where the DNS is updated with new 
finger print each time we change the host key. But still the SSH client 
verifies its known_hosts file even the DNS finger print matches.

Is there any way to overcome clients local database checking if DNS finger 
print matches? What are the security issues associated with this way?

Senthil Kumar. 

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