Defending against SSH attacks with pf

Schiz0 schiz0phrenic21 at
Fri Apr 27 11:58:49 UTC 2007

On 4/27/07, Bill Moran <wmoran at> wrote:
> In response to Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at>:
> > Bill Moran wrote:
> >
> > >I'm a big fan of PKI, but PKI suffers from one major problem, and it's
> > >the same flaw that physical keys suffer from: you have to have the key
> > >with you.
> > >
> > >
> > If I had to use SSH from random locations, I'd get a USB stick that
> > attached to a (physical) keyring and just stick it with my (physical)
> > keys since I already have to carry those everywhere.  The SSH keys
> > should be protected by decent passphrases so even losing the USB stick
> > isn't the biggest deal.  Imation seem to make one that has one of those
> > climbing-style buckles:
> >
> I've considered that, except that my keyring is already too damn big and
> bulky.  I am curious about the durability of USB jump drives, though.  My
> keys tend to get thrown around, they get wet, they experience extremes in
> temperature.  Do you have any experience with how well jump drives hold up
> to that kind of torture?
> Despite the fact that it's a good idea, I've simply opted out on it.  I've
> got a good, long password for my account and when I weighed the risks vs.
> the headaches I decided I was probably ok with a good long password.
> Of course, YMMV.
> --
> Bill Moran
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My flash drive has gone through the washer machine and the only thing that
happened was it got a small spot of rust on it. Other than that, it worked

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