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Old 01-14-2013, 07:06 PM
BrandonNC BrandonNC is offline
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Agent Keys

Greetings,

I am trying to configure the key agent and am having some difficulties. When accessing Tools -> Manage Agent Keys I can click the add button and navigate to my key file (id_rsa and id_rsa.pub) and selecting the key does prompt me for the key's passphrase, however after entering the passphrase the key doesn't actually get added to the list.

I have set my session to use PublicKey authentication and can successfully connect to hosts using my publickey, but it prompts me for the passphrae each time.

So, are there problems with the key agent, and if not, how do you actually make it work?

Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:33 AM
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Hi BrandonNC,

What program was used to create the private key?

What is the bit-length of the key?

What version of SecureCRT are you using?
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:57 AM
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What program was used to create the private key?
ssh-keygen

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What is the bit-length of the key?
4096-bit RSA

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What version of SecureCRT are you using?
7.0.2


rtb,

I did see a post during my searches from 2011 (from you) that mentioned you were going to submit a feature request for supporting 4096-bit keys. I guess this was never implemented?

If not, is there any ETA on when it might be, or is there a beta version I can use until then?

Thanks again.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:58 AM
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Hi BrandonNC,

Thanks for the information. SecureCRT does not currently support keys larger than 2048 bit.

We will post to this thread when/if we do add full support for keys larger than 2048 bit.

If you would like to be notified directly, please complete and submit the form at the following location:
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I didn't notice that your post was edited from the original. There is no ETA on the implementation of support for keys larger than 2048 bit. Implementing the feature is not a technical issue.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:51 PM
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Has any progress been made to support 4096-bit SSH keys? I am still an avid PuTTY user for this sole reason. I'd like to purchase and use SecureCRT for my company but we have multiple government contracts and a few policies prevent us from using keys less than 4096-bit.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:30 AM
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Hi rtb

As it is not a technical issue as you self have mentioned could you inform us on the progress and give an update?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:46 AM
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We are investigating the possiblity of adding support for bigger keys in the next version of SecureCRT. Due to export restrictions, we are required to submit a request to the Federal Government. At this time, we don't know how long this process will take. I will post an update when we have more information.

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:02 PM
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Hi Maureen

Thanks for the information
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:42 AM
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Do you have an update? Can we expect a solution soon? Our company is enforcing 4096 keys. This makes SecureCRT obsolete within our organization.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:28 PM
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Unfortunately, support for 4096-bit keys will not be in the upcoming release of SecureCRT (version 7.2). We hope that this support will be available in the following version. I will post a note here when I have more information.

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Old 01-21-2014, 12:12 AM
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Hello,

We need this essential feature, also! +10

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Tobias Hachmer
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:37 AM
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Hello,

do you have any updates regarding this feature, yet?

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:47 PM
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Tobias,

Thanks for following up on this. We are in the process of applying to the Federal Government so that we can be allowed to add the bigger keys. We are hoping this will be in the next version of SecureCRT, but it will depend on how long it takes for our application to be approved.

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:30 AM
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Apologies for reviving this topic.

I am confused in regard to SecureCRT's support for 4096 bit keys. I too noticed that the key agent wouldn't store the key in memory (no error message or anything, it simply wouldn't add it). But other than that, I can use my 4096 bit key to login to the remote machine. In other words, SecureCRT DOES support 4096 bit keys for secure sessions. It's merely the agent that doesn't work.

Since you said that you need government approval for export, I don't understand how it's possible that I can actually use the key for sessions, but not temporarily store it in my computer's memory.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:04 AM
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Our application has been approved and we have added support for larger keys to a pre-beta version of SecureCRT. This version allows 4096-bit keys to be stored in agent. If you would like to try it, please send email to me at Maureen.Jett@vandyke.com.

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