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Re: targetted SSH bruteforce attacks
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:49:07 -0400

On Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:21:47 CDT, Paul Schmehl said:

Why?  Ssh is encrypted, so you're not exposing a password when you login.  How 
does public key authentication make you more secure (in a practical sense)?

Compare the work effort needed by an attacker to brute-force a password (I mean,
c'mon Paul - these ssh woodpeckers wouldn't keep hammering if it didn't work
once in a while) with how much woodpecking would be needed to brute-force
a key-authenticated login.

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