Stephen Harris lists at spuddy.org
Fri Mar 7 02:02:46 EST 2014

Am I correct in assuming that the user and host public/private keys used
in openSSH are only used for authentication (is the remote server known to
be X, is this Harry trying to login), and have no role in the encryption?

I was under the assumption that each connection used a newly generated
key (using DH for key exchange) so each session was unique.

(I believe this because the transport layer needs to be set up before
 user keys are even presented, and rfc4253 #6.3 doesn't mention the host

I'm being asked to provide private keys to allow network sniffing
(problem analysis) but I'm not sure this is the right thing to do
because I'm not convinced these keys are used as part of the encryption!




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