Call for testing: OpenSSH 6.9

Damien Miller djm at
Fri May 29 17:12:49 AEST 2015


OpenSSH 6.9 is almost ready for release, so we would appreciate testing
on as many platforms and systems as possible. This release contains
some substantial new features and a number of bugfixes.

Snapshot releases for portable OpenSSH are available from

The OpenBSD version is available in CVS HEAD:

Portable OpenSSH is also available via anonymous CVS using the
instructions at or
via Git at

Running the regression tests supplied with Portable OpenSSH does not
require installation and is a simply:

$ ./configure && make tests

Live testing on suitable non-production systems is also
appreciated. Please send reports of success or failure to
openssh-unix-dev at

Below is a summary of changes. More detail may be found in the ChangeLog
in the portable OpenSSH tarballs.

Thanks to the many people who contributed to this release.

Note, we are going to ship OpenSSH 6.9 with SSH protocol 1 still
compiled in by default. OpenSSH 7.0 will deprecate it along with other
protocol features (more details about what is planned will be in the
final release notes).

New Features

 * ssh(1), sshd(8): promote chacha20-poly1305 at to be the
   default cipher

 * sshd(8): support admin-specified arguments to AuthorizedKeysCommand;

 * sshd(8): add AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand that allows retrieving
   authorized principals information from a subprocess rather than
   a file.

 * ssh(1), ssh-add(1): support PKCS#11 devices with external PIN
   entry devices bz#2240

 * sshd(8): allow GSSAPI host credential check to be relaxed for
   multihomed hosts via GSSAPIStrictAcceptorCheck option; bz#928

 * ssh-keygen(1): support "ssh-keygen -lF hostname" to search
   known_hosts and print key hashes rather than full keys.

 * ssh-agent(1): add -D flag to leave ssh-agent in foreground without
   enabling debug mode; bz#2381


 * ssh(1), sshd(8): deprecate legacy SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST_OLD
   message and do not try to use it against some 3rd-party SSH
   implementations that use it (older PuTTY, WinSCP).

 * Many fixes for problems caused by compile-time deactivation of
   SSH1 support (including bz#2369)

 * ssh(1), sshd(8): cap DH-GEX group size at 4Kbits for Cisco
   implementations as some would fail when attempting to use group
   sizes >4K; bz#2209

 * ssh(1): fix out-of-bound read in EscapeChar configuration option
   parsing; bz#2396

 * sshd(8): fix application of PermitTunnel, LoginGraceTime,
   AuthenticationMethods and StreamLocalBindMask options in Match

 * ssh(1), sshd(8): improve disconnection message on TCP reset;

 * ssh(1): remove failed remote forwards established by muliplexing
   from the list of active forwards; bz#2363

 * sshd(8): make parsing of authorized_keys "environment=" options
   independent of PermitUserEnv being enabled; bz#2329

 * sshd(8): fix post-auth crash with permitopen=none; bz#2355

 * ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-keygen(1): allow new-format private keys
   to be encrypted with AEAD ciphers; bz#2366

 * ssh(1): allow ListenAddress, Port and AddressFamily configuration
   options to appear in any order; bz#68

 * sshd(8): check for and reject missing arguments for VersionAddendum
   and ForceCommand; bz#2281

 * ssh(1), sshd(8): don't treat unknown certificate extensions as
   fatal; bz#2387

 * ssh-keygen(1): make stdout and stderr output consistent; bz#2325

 * ssh(1): mention missing DISPLAY environment in debug log when X11
   forwarding requested; bz#1682

 * sshd(8): correctly record login when UseLogin is set; bz#378

 * sshd(8): Add some missing options to sshd -T output and fix output
   of VersionAddendum and HostCertificate. bz#2346   

 * Document and improve consistency of options that accept a "none"
   argument" TrustedUserCAKeys, RevokedKeys (bz#2382),
   AuthorizedPrincipalsFile (bz#2288)

 * ssh(1): include remote username in debug output; bz#2368

 * sshd(8): avoid compatibility problem with some versions of Tera
   Term, which would crash when they received the hostkeys notification
   message (hostkeys-00 at

 * sshd(8): mention ssh-keygen -E as useful when comparing legacy MD5
   host key fingerprints; bz#2332

 * ssh(1): clarify pseudo-terminal request behaviour and use make
   manual language consistent; bz#1716

 * ssh(1): document that the TERM environment variable is not subject
   to SendEnv and AcceptEnv; bz#2386

Portable OpenSSH

 * sshd(8): Format UsePAM setting when using sshd -T, part of bz#2346

 * Look for '${host}-ar' before 'ar', making cross-compilation easier;

 * Several portable compilation fixes: bz#2402, bz#2337, bz#2370

 * moduli(5): update DH-GEX moduli

OpenSSH is brought to you by Markus Friedl, Niels Provos, Theo de Raadt,
Kevin Steves, Damien Miller, Darren Tucker, Jason McIntyre, Tim Rice and
Ben Lindstrom.

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