Welcome to the VanDyke Software Forums

Join the discussion today!

Go Back   VanDyke Software Forums > Secure Shell

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2018, 05:48 AM
smudge smudge is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 16
Linked session for jumphost breaks on rename/move

I've recently had a reason to use the Dependent Sessions (Jump Host) feature where the jump host session is configured as the firewall value in the destination session entry.

I first configured the entry for the jump host as "jump host" then created a bunch of entries for the destination hosts, setting the "jump host" entry as the Firewall value.

Later I had more jump host entries to add so I renamed the original "jump host" to "jump-HOSTNAME" and moved it to a new folder just for jump hosts. This ended up breaking all of the destination host configurations because they were still pointing to the original "jump host" path and name.

I was able to fix all of the destination entries by doing a bulk edit but I would consider this a bug. SecureCRT should be able to keep track of the linked firewall session even if moved or renamed. Looking at the session INI file, the firewall value is simply a string value of the path/name of the associated session, which isn't updated when that associated session is moved/renamed.

Perhaps instead you could create unique IDs (simple checksum of the PATH\NAME value) for each session as a key and the session path\name as the value, save those in a .ini file at the root of the Config\Sessions folder (__UID-Session__.ini perhaps?) and then change the S:"Firewall Name"=Session:PATH\NAME value in the session .ini to something like S:"Firewall Name"=SessionUID:d34db3ef instead.

Any time a session entry is added/modified/deleted, SecureCRT should update this UID-Session cross-reference list and all linked sessions would be automatically updated.

SecureCRT should also have a self-check routine at startup that verifies or even rebuilds the list in case the user has modified the session INI files/folders directly.

Hopefully this is something your devs will consider and make happen soon.

Thanks for listening.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2018, 08:45 AM
bgagnon bgagnon is offline
VanDyke Technical Support
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 4,495
Hi Smudge,

I am sorry to hear about what occurred.

I have added this thread to a feature request in our product enhancement database to update sessions when dependent session/firewall changes name or location (path). Should a future release of SecureCRT include this feature, notification will be posted here.

If you prefer direct email notification, send an email to support@vandyke.com and include "Feature Request - Forum Thread #13088" in the subject line or use this form from the support page of our website.

VanDyke Software
Technical Support
(505) 332-5730
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 08:13 PM
Maureen's Avatar
Maureen Maureen is offline
VanDyke Product Director
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 1,592
There is a pre-beta version of SecureCRT that updates the sessions when a dependent session/firewall changes name or location (path). If you would be interested in trying it, please send me email at Maureen.Jett@vandyke.com.

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:33 AM.