2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Abstract
Pp. 329340 of the Proceedings
Resilient Connections for SSH and TLS
Teemu Koponen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology; Pasi Eronen, Nokia Research Center; Mikko Särelä, Helsinki University of Technology
Disconnection of an SSH shell or a secure application session due to network
outages or travel is a familiar problem to many Internet users today. In this paper,
we extend the SSH and TLS protocols to support resilient connections that
can span several sequential TCP connections. The extensions allow sessions to
survive both changes in IP addresses and long periods of disconnection. Our design
emphasizes deployability in real-world environments, and addresses many of
the challenges identified in previous work, including assumptions made about network
middleboxes such as firewalls and NATs. We have also implemented the
extensions in the OpenSSH and PureTLS software packages and tested them in
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