Updated: OpenSSH-3.7.1p2-2

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Wed Nov 5 17:47:00 GMT 2003

I've just updated the version of OpenSSH to 3.7.1p2-2.

This release is binary-wise the same as 3.7.1p2-1.  The changes are
only in the scripts ssh-host-config and ssh-user-config and in the
README file /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README.

PLEASE NOTE, that you need administrator privileges to install the
sshd service and to create user accounts.  So, run ssh-host-config
only as administrator if you want to install sshd as service.

The important changes are:

In ssh-host-config:

  - Add a lot of information printed while doing the job.  I beg
    you to read that information.  It's not printed just for fun.

  - Supporting the changes in Windows 2003 Server, which basically
    requires to create a new privileged account.  The description
    *why* that's necessary is given in the script itself and in the   
    README.  What happens is, that the script asks you if it should
    install a new privileged user called 'sshd_server', which will
    be used as the account under which the sshd service will run.
    If you say "no" here, you're on your own!  Otherwise it asks
    for a password for this new account, creates the account and uses
    it for the service installation.

  - Try hard to create file and directory permissions and ownership
    as correct as possible.

  - Add two new command line options to allow full automated host

    -c/--cygwin <options>  Use "options" as value for CYGWIN environment

    -w/--pwd <passwd>      Use "pwd" as password for user 'sshd_server'.

  - Don't create /etc/ssh_config and /etc/sshd_config from here scripts
    which are part of the ssh-host-config scipt itself, but instead
    create them from skeleton files, stored in /etc/defaults/etc.  These
    files are part of the OpenSSH binary package.

  - Requires /bin/bash now instead of /bin/sh.  This allows reading
    user input with readline support.

In ssh-user-config:

  - Try to create file and directory permissions as correct as possible,
    also under Windows 2003 Server.

  - After having made a new host installation using ssh-host-config,
    it's advisable to run ssh-user-config not only for new accounts,
    but also for existing accounts.  The script will in that case
    typically only change the file and directory permissions as necessary.
    That's way easier and more foolproof than having the user itself
    fiddeling with the permissions.

Basically, ssh-host-config and ssh-user-config are the way to go to
create a working host and user installation.  If you don't use them,
chances are good that the configuration won't work.  If something
*doesn't* work, rerun ssh-host-config (as admin) and ssh-user-config
as user, and try again.  Only if that fails, ask the list.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Once you've downloaded setup.exe, run it and select "Net" and
then click on the appropriate field until the above announced version
number appears if it is not displayed already.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to the Cygwin 
mailing list at: cygwin@cygwin.com .  I would appreciate it if you would
use this mailing list rather than emailing me directly.  This includes
ideas and comments about the setup utility or Cygwin in general.

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