PuTTY wish accept-host-keys

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summary: An option to accept all SSH host keys
class: wish: This is a request for an enhancement.
difficulty: fun: Just needs tuits, and not many of them.
priority: never: We don't ever intend to fix this.

An option to automatically accept all SSH host keys. For some reason lots of people seem to think this would be a really useful feature. I'm sure it would be very convenient, but at the expense of security! The whole point of host keys is that they're the only guarantee you have that your connection hasn't been hijacked by an active attacker between you and the server, and that your data isn't being decrypted by the attacker and re-encrypted. If you want to schedule an automated batch job to use PSCP or Plink, and the interactive host key prompt is making this difficult, add the correct host key to the registry ahead of time. That way you still get the convenience, but without losing the security. We will not accept a command line option to turn off host key checking, no matter how many people have already done the work and send us polished production-quality patches.

If you have host keys available in the common `known_hosts' format, we have a script to convert them to a Windows .REG file which can be installed ahead of time by double-clicking.

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2008-02-10 14:42:39 +0000)