[Bug 1663] Allow to use agent for distribution of public keys.

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Wed Feb 10 10:30:30 EST 2010


Damien Miller <djm at mindrot.org> changed:

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--- Comment #3 from Damien Miller <djm at mindrot.org> 2010-02-10 10:30:29 EST ---
This is an interesting idea. My concerns are:

1) you lose the ability to specify key restrictions. I.e. you can't
force commands on a per-key basis, disable port-forwarding, etc.

2) I think it would be better if you don't run the agent from sshd.
Instead, you add a single directive to sshd_config to inform it of an
agent socket path and use ssh-agent's "-a" option to make it listen on
a single location.

3) ssh-agent has not be written with robustness against deliberately
malformed input in mind and will fatal() at the first encoding error.
This is good behaviour for a per-user agent, but could lead to
system-level DoS when used to manage public keys for a host.

We should probably discuss this on the mailing list.

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