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here is the deal. i am not wondering about ftp in i am looking as far as ftp out. and any http requests to download. i have cronjobs that ftp and download and perl scripts that use http to download images. will the outgoing requests be encripted or will i have to start sshd for that to happen?
i just got bitched out by my boss because i got the dead line of tomorrow to have RH7.1 (with openssh 2.5.2) to have it upgraded due to the latest sec. flaw. he wants it up to 3.7.1p2-1 and with that much of an upgrade i am going to have to upgrade over half the OS due to dependencies. so this is how my server works:
i have perl scripts that contact outside servers (outside being outside of my lan) and retreive alpha/numeric data and images that pertain to my job. this is sending out a constant stream of data. some of the perl scripts use http and ftp to do the retreiving. one of them uses mirror. i was told by my predosesor (sp) that with ssh we are using 128bite encryption and that the lan ppl only see bits of info travel across their screen when they check out what we are doing. mind you that this is all out going and retrieving. no one hits this server except for those of us on the same router (those in my office)
anyway my boss just bitched me out because "the FTP is 'illegal' (according to the lan shop) because it is not secure" and "Now we have no SSH which prevented the LAN shop from seeing things we were doing"
is she correct or is she overdoing it or am i just an idiot????
Sounds like you might be establising an SSH tunnel then running your http and ftp through that. If you need a quick fix and don't mind breaking your dependencies just install the latest OpenSSL and OpenSSH from source. I'm surprised that however managed (or failed to manage) the servers before you didn't keep SSH up to date if it is so important to you business.
i have two servers. one running RH7.1 and the other which is still being brought up to be a replacement (my idea) is RH9
as far as the managment goes it was fine. Linux is not supported by my lan shop (they need to see that pretty little window) but security is a big deal. so the sys admin before me just let it go at the fact that "they only bought RH7.1 so that is all that i am going to use. he didn't push the fact that they need to keep the up2date working or anything. so here i am trying to get everything up and working to code so to say.
my boss tried to say that i need to get everything ported over to windows (and i am about to do that just so that when i leave they aren't screwed) but we showed him that it would be more cost effective to leave it as linux.