dsa vers rsa ssh key

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Sun Apr 3 11:42:44 PDT 2005

:I'm looking at trying to use keys for my ssh logins instead of
:passwords but I'm unaware of which key type is the best.  What type do
:you guys typically use ?

    Both work fairly well but DSA keys are considered to be more
    contemporary.   ssh-keygen -t dsa.

    It's also a good to put a password on critical ssh keys, then use
    ssh-agent as part of your X session startup and run ssh-add after you
    login to the X session.

    so e.g. part of my .xinitrc is an eval `/usr/bin/ssh-agent -c` (it's
    a csh script, you can do it as a /bin/sh script too using a slightly
    different arrangement).  Then I do a single ssh-add in an xterm and
    from then on I can use my key without having to enter any further 

    Play with it.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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