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VShell 4.3 Server from VanDyke Software Adds Support for LDAP User Authentication and Enhances Public-Key Management

Albuquerque, N.M. (August 8, 2017) — VanDyke Software®, a developer of multi-platform secure terminal emulation and secure file transfer software, today announced the official release of the VShell® 4.3 server. VShell 4.3 for Windows gives system administrators the ability to authenticate users using credentials provided by an external LDAP server and introduces new time-saving and security enhancements.

"With the new LDAP functionality, VShell administrators now have the option to leverage an existing user infrastructure," said Chris McElveny, VanDyke Software's product director for VShell. "Authenticating users via LDAP will allow users to connect with minimal changes on the VShell machine."

To help save administrators' time, VShell for Windows adds a public-key management interface for adding, viewing, and removing public keys that users are allowed to use for authentication.

Security and encryption enhancements include support for the ChaCha20-Poly1305 authenticated encryption cipher.

VShell 4.3 for UNIX adds fine-grained control over file and folder access permissions on virtual directories, as well as the ability to specify which virtual directory will be used as the user's default home directory.

The VShell Secure Shell server replaces Telnet and FTP for secure file transfersecure network administration, and end-user access on Windows and UNIX platforms. Precision control over privileges, the ability to fine tune the Secure Shell environment, and a wide selection of strong authentication methods provide a flexible solution that grows with evolving business and security environments.

Availability of VShell 4.3

Fully-functional evaluation copies of VShell can be downloaded from the company's website at Evaluators have full access to VanDyke Software's expert technical support to assist with installation, configuration, and testing.

About VanDyke Software, Inc.

Busy IT professionals depend on VanDyke Software to deliver rock-solid, easy-to-configure software for secure remote access, secure file transfer, terminal emulation, and remote administration.  VanDyke Software offers a fully-supported evaluation prior to purchase, providing both evaluators and customers with a higher level of service. The company's product offerings include the SecureCRT Secure Shell terminal emulator, the SecureFX secure file transfer client, the VanDyke ClientPack, and the VShell® secure file transfer server. The company also offers a mobile app, SecureCRT for iOS, which is available for purchase from the Apple App store. For more information about VanDyke Software, visit the company's website at

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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