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SecureCRT® 3.1 Interoperable with OpenSSH from OpenBSD Project

Albuquerque, N.M. (July 3, 2000) &8212; Van Dyke Technologies, Inc., a provider of quality Internet software, announced today the official release of SecureCRT 3.1 for Windows®. Interoperability with new Secure Shell™ version 2 (SSH2™) servers leads the list of product enhancements.

The OpenSSH server, currently version 2.1.1, implements both SSH1 and SSH2 protocols on BSD and Linux, as well as several commercial UNIX® platforms. OpenSSH was developed by a group of programmers under the OpenBSD project. The server supports SSH2 features such as multiple authentication methods, including public key authentication with up to 1024-bit DSA security.

"The OpenSSH server is a big step in the development of the SSH protocol," said Jeff P. Van Dyke, president of Van Dyke Technologies, Inc. "Giving users a choice of servers is important in making SSH a widespread security solution. Van Dyke Technologies will work to make sure SecureCRT is compatible with OpenSSH software."

"We welcome Van Dyke's efforts at interoperability," said OpenSSH project leader Theo de Raadt. "We're trying to make sure that SSH is deployed universally on the Internet, and Van Dyke's good work in the Windows market really fills a gap in our coverage. This kind of close collaboration within the SSH community is what will get us to the official standards that we need."

Broad, flexible terminal emulation support remains a key strength of SecureCRT. Version 3.1 adds a Linux console mode to the existing emulations provided - VT100, VT102, VT220, ANSI and SCO ANSI. Telnet, serial, and rlogin are supported, with a TAPI dialer facility to manage dial-up connections. SecureCRT also interoperates with the current SSH2 server from SSH Communications Security, version 2.2.

Encryption technology for SecureCRT is licensed from RSA Security, Inc., of San Mateo, California, The DES, 3DES, and RC4 ciphers from RSA are certified for government use under the NIST FIPS 140-1 standard. SecureCRT's strong encryption technology is available outside the US and Canada, subject to export and import regulation by the U.S. and other governments.

SecureCRT 3.1 is priced at US$99 for a single license, US$850 for 10 licenses, and US$5700 for 100 licenses. SecureCRT is also available in a bundled version with SecureFX®, a secure FTP client, for $129.00. The software supports Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, and Windows 95. Fully functional evaluation software may be downloaded worldwide from

Van Dyke Technologies first released SecureCRT in version 2.2 in 1998. The company is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Further information on Van Dyke Technologies is available on the Internet at, by sending e-mail to, or by calling (505) 332-5700.

OpenSSH is free software developed by members of OpenBSD, available under a BSD-style open source license. OpenBSD and OpenSSH are published in Canada and are exempt from export controls. More information on OpenSSH is available at, or by contacting Louis Bertrand by e-mail at or by phone at (905) 623-1500.

SecureCRT is a trademark of Van Dyke Technologies, Inc. Secure Shell, SSH, and SSH2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SSH Communications Security Oyj in the United States and/or other countries.

Customer Testimonials

  • "Thanks for the new feature and for the notification that it had been added — I don't really know of any other developer that notifies people who have given feedback like you guys do. That makes for very happy customers."

    —Burt Heymanson, SecureCRT Customer

  • "I would like to thank you for the amazing quality of service and SecureCRT support you give to us."

    —Anton Starovoytov, Solarix Networks, SecureCRT Customer

  • "Thank you for a great release! I've been actively using SecureCRT for many, many years and it's simply the best SSH client in existence!"

    —Rich Tricoche, SecureCRT Customer

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