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A Monthly Newsletter – October 2006

With fall weather turning crisp -- at least in the northern hemisphere – it's time to do something you really like, to reward yourself. Watch the World Series, take the dog for a walk, tailgate before the football game, pick up some fresh apples (or green chile) before they're all gone. We did something we really like and put out two spanking new official releases, SecureFX® 4.0 and SecureCRT® 5.2. So we hope you'll reward us and yourself by trying them. We have other enticing news to fit a variety of tastes, from the piquant upcoming VShell® release to some "comfort food" information on forum activity and web news on products and security. Dig in!


1. SecureCRT 5.2 Official - HTTP Proxy Support Makes A Difference
2. FTP Over SSL Debuts In SecureFX 4.0 Official Release
3. VShell® Server - Call For Pre-Beta Testers
4. Heard On The Forums: Paste to Keymap
5. VShell Server 2.6 Review On ServerWatch
6. Web Resources For Info Security
7. New And Current Releases

Online Resources

1. SecureCRT 5.2 Official - HTTP Proxy Support Makes A Difference

More seamless HTTP proxy support is one of the new features that has been praised by beta customers in the SecureCRT 5.2 and SecureFX 4.0 applications. If someone is your proxy it means they represent you, that they serve in your capacity. Network proxy servers inhabit a similar position of power and trust, and we worked hard to "play nicely" with them. You can now use basic and unauthenticated HTTP proxies, which simplifies proxy setup.

Playing nicely is all well and good, but for some the real excitement comes from getting work done more easily, faster. For you, we have a slew of ways to get more done with tabs: launching new tabs from the command-line, scripting tabs, and switching tabs.

For more information on SecureCRT 5.2, visit the product section today, or just jump in and download your copy.

Read more about the new features in SecureCRT.

Download SecureCRT 5.2.

Buy a Bundle and Save

Are you using just one of the client applications? We have a special offer for you: until October 31, you can upgrade to a bundle and save $30.00 over the price to upgrade each
product separately.

The SecureCRT + SecureFX bundle gives you integrated Secure Shell client and file transfer applications, making everyday use and maintenance easier. Define your options once and
they're available in both applications. Both SecureCRT and SecureFX sessions are displayed on the Activator menu.

Find out more about upgrading to a bundle today.

2. FTP Over SSL Debuts In SecureFX 4.0 Official Release

SecureFX 4.0 is now available in official release, giving you two major options for secure file transfer: SFTP with Secure Shell and FTP over SSL (TLS). Now you can move files securely even when the remote machine only supports SSL, or when the firewall doesn't allow Secure Shell connections.

But that's not all. You can now queue up files to be transferred, preventing errors if the remote FTP server doesn't allow multiple connections. You can also move files more easily in both SecureFX and the SFXCL command-line utility.

In the making-your-life-easier category (especially if you're an admin) SecureFX 4.0 shares two new capabilities with SecureCRT 5.2: enhanced support for X.509 host keys, and simplified HTTP proxy setup with support for unauthenticated and basic proxies.

Try SecureFX 4.0 official today and increase your secure file transfer flexibility.

Read more about the new features in SecureFX.

Download SecureFX 4.0.

3. VShell Server - Call For Pre-Beta Testers

VanDyke Software is looking for VShell users who are interested in testing an upcoming release which will enhance the triggers capability. The new triggers will provide more ability to script responses to SFTP activities on your system, and automate additional file activities.

Some of the triggers we would like people to test are: File renamed, File deleted, Folder created, Folder renamed, Folder deleted, Login, and Logout.

The new file triggers can allow you to use scripts to set up a mirror of a local structure on a machine that you don't want to give direct user access. Login/logout triggers let you log file activities, or you can move files to make them available to a user or groups of users; then perform cleanup and logout.

To participate in the pre-beta testing of the new VShell softare, please contact Robert Stehwien at .

4. Heard On The Forums: Paste to Keymap

Forum user dan d jones asks, "How do I include a command to paste whatever's in the clipboard in a keymap? I'd like to map Control-T to 'telnet [PASTE] \n'."

The \v command pastes the current clipboard contents to the active session window. So in Mr. jones's case, he would send "telnet \v\n".

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

5. VShell Server 2.6 Review On ServerWatch

In October the ServerWatch web site reprinted a review of the VShell 2.6 server by Aaron Weiss that first appeared in "DataMation". This top-level overview may be useful if you are putting together a proposal to add VShell to your systems.

Read the review here.

6. Web Resources For Info Security

A member of the mailing list recently asked for help with online infosec news resources. Here are some of the sites mentioned. Do you have other favorites? Send them to us at .

Talisker Security Wizardry Portal:
Infosecurity Magazine:
Schneier on Security:

7. New And Current Releases

Official releases of the SecureCRT 5.2 and SecureFX 4.0 applications were made on October 10, 2006. They feature SSL support, a variety of tab enhancements for SecureCRT, and have two configuration enhancements in common: improved X.509 host key checking and HTTP proxy support.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.2
  SecureFX 4.0
  CRT 5.2
  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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