ssh-keygen between SuSE and FreeBSD

Ronald Klop ronald-freebsd8 at
Thu Aug 14 17:34:04 UTC 2008

On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 19:25:09 +0200, Gavin Spomer <spomerg at> wrote:


>> I'm not quite sure right now why you're using rsa keys. I'm always using
>> dsa keys (ssh-keygen -t dsa). It comes to my mind, that rsa keys are for
>> ssh version 1, while dsa keys are for ssh version 2.
>> But I could be wrong here ;)
>> No man ssh handy right now, sorry.
> If that's true, then I believe I will start using the dsa ones! I think  
> I chose rsa because the FreeBSD manual indicated I could use either and  
> I could only find settings for enabling rsa in sshd_config on the remote  
> servers, but I'll look again...

This story about rsa and dsa is not true.
Rsa wasn't free (patents or something else) until a few years ago. So  
everybody used dsa. But since quite some time it doesn't matter what you  
use. I don't know about advantages of one above the other. In daily use  
they are the same.


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