May 26, 2018

The portable version of OpenBSD’s OpenSSH

OpenBSD’s OpenSSH portable version

Normal OpenSSH development produces a very small, secure, and easy to maintain version for the OpenBSD project. The OpenSSH Portability Team takes that pure version and adds portability code so that OpenSSH can run on many other operating systems Unfortunately, in particular since OpenSSH does authentication, it runs into a lot of differences between Unix operating systems.

The portable OpenSSH follows development of the official version, but releases are not synchronized. Portable releases are marked with a ‘p’ e.g. 3.1p1. The official OpenBSD source will never use the ‘p’ suffix, but will instead increment the version number when they hit ‘stable spots’ in their development.

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