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A Monthly Newsletter – August 2006

If you sensed a pulse of soothing energy in the last few days, it might have been the wave of bliss from satisfied SecureFX® users everywhere, who had one of their major requests fulfilled:
secure transfers using TLS/SSL. The new upgrade of SecureCRT® comes right behind, with step-saving additions to the tab interface on the command window. This month's tips and tricks
run the gamut from new accelerator key behavior to copying VShell® server hostkeys. Plus news from the standards front on a new SecSh subsystem draft.


1. Major Upgrade To SecureFX Supports TLS/SSL
2. SecureCRT 5.2 Release Expands Tab Capabilities
3. Tip: Switch SecureCRT 5.2 Tabs with CRTL+TAB
4. Heard On The Forum: Open a Secure Shell Session From a URL
5. Did You Know? Replicating VShell Host Key Pairs
6. IETF SecSh News: Public Key Subsystem Draft Out
7. New And Current Releases

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1. Major Upgrade To SecureFX Supports TLS/SSL

SecureFX 4.0, newly available in beta release, adds a protocol option with support for FTP over SSL. Other new capabilities include a transfer queue, one-step file moves, and simplified HTTP proxy support.

FTP over SSL (TLS) gives organizations an alternative for secure file transfer, important for servers that only support SSL, or when firewall settings prevent the use of Secure Shell connections. In addition, a transfer queue option allows files to be lined up and then transferred sequentially.

Download SecureFX 4.0 (beta) today to increase your secure file transfer flexibility.

New Beta Discussion Forum

Join the new beta forum to see what other users are saying, report bugs, request refinements, and express your opinions. We'll also keep you up to date on what's happening during the beta releases.

Registration is not required to read messages, but you will need to register in order to post in the forums or vote in polls.

Sign up today!

2. SecureCRT 5.2 Release Expands Tab Capabilities

The continuous improvement department has been busy adding choice features to SecureCRT 5.2, now available for download. This beta release enhances tab functionality, particularly the ability to open new sessions in tabs and new scripting capabilities.

The full list of tab enhancements includes:

  • Ability to launch new sessions as tabs in the current window with command-line switches
  • CTRL+TAB option to switch to the most recently used tab
  • Script functions that allow scripts to connect tabs, connect SFTP tabs, and also clone, activate, and close tabs
  • Tooltips (hover text) for tab labels

Other enhancements include displaying the connection time in the status bar and paste on right mouse click. As in SecureFX 4.0, SecureCRT 5.2 provides simplified HTTP proxy support and enhanced support for X.509 host keys. A CRT™ 5.2 beta release includes tab enhancements and other features not related to Secure Shell.

To try the expanded tab support today, download your evaluation copy of SecureCRT 5.2 (beta) from the VanDyke Software web site.

3.Tip: Switch SecureCRT 5.2 Tabs with CRTL+TAB

If you have several SecureCRT tabbed sessions open, it can be a bother to cycle through all open tabs when all you want is to switch back and forth between two tabs. The recent beta release of SecureCRT 5.2 gives you the option to have the CTRL+TAB keyboard shortcut switch between the two most recently used tabs.

If you would like to try the new switching functionality, please visit the SecureCRT download pages.

4. Heard On The Forum: Open a Secure Shell Session From a URL

Forum user gary1234 wants to know how to open SSH2 sessions from a list of URLs in a browser. The solution involves defining "ssh2://.." as a recognized service, with an FAQ explaining the registry change.

To read the complete forum thread, visit the forum web site.

5. Did You Know? Replicating VShell Host Key Pairs

A common question in Customer Support and on the forums is whether the host key files in VShell can be copied to other servers. Yes, they can. Just stop the VShell service before copying the host key
and files over and then restart the service after the copy is complete. VShell should immediately start using the newly copied host key.

Read the complete forum thread on transferring host keys between VShell servers.

See also the discussion of handling host keys when upgrading.

6. IETF SecSh News: New Public Key Subsystem Draft

Network security managers and admins may be interested in a new Internet-Draft available from the Secure Shell Working Group of the IETF. "Secure Shell Public-Key Subsystem" describes a protocol
that can be used by client software to manage public keys in an implementation-independent fashion.

To download the public key subsystem draft, visit either the IETF site or

7. New And Current Releases

The August 22nd beta release of SecureFX 4.0 supports secure transfers using SSL, and also has a transfer queue and one-step moves. The beta 1 releases of SecureCRT 5.2 and CRT 5.2 further evolve the tab interface, with a variety of other improvements as well.

Maintenance releases were made July 25 of the SecureCRT 5.1.3, CRT 5.1.3, and SecureFX 3.1.3 applications, to address bugs and other issues identified in earlier versions.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.1.3
  SecureFX 3.1.3
  CRT 5.1.3
  VShell 2.6.2 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.6.2 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3
    Solaris 8
    FreeBSD 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

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