Josh-Daniel S. Davis (joshdavis) wrote,
Josh-Daniel S. Davis
joshdavis

Putty 0.54 released

PuTTY version 0.54 is released
------------------------------

All the pre-built binaries, and the source code, are now available
from the PuTTY website at

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

Development work on PuTTY for the past year or so has mostly
involved taking it apart and putting it back together again for
improved portability; so I'm afraid there aren't many visible new
features in 0.54. Some of the highlights are:

- Dynamic SSH port forwarding. PuTTY can now act as a SOCKS server,
and programs using that server will have their connections
forwarded over SSH.

- PSFTP should now be usefully fast.

- When connecting through a proxy (SOCKS or HTTP), PuTTY is now
able to let the proxy do the DNS lookup.

- Some of the default settings have changed. Notably, the SSH
protocol is now the default, and SSH2 is preferred over SSH1.
(This will not affect anyone who already has Default Settings
stored in their registry, since those override PuTTY's internal
defaults.)

- Bug fix: forwarding SMB connections over SSH should now work.

- Bug fix: the configuration box was slow to respond because it
occasionally went looking for printers across the network by
accident. It shouldn't do this any more.

- A couple of minor vulnerabilities have been fixed (none with very
serious impact, or with known exploits).

But the _really_ big feature resulting from the substantial rewrite
is that there is now a Unix version of most of the PuTTY utilities:

- There's a Unix PuTTY and PuTTYtel, which are GTK applications.

- There's a Unix Plink, PSCP and PSFTP, which look pretty much
exactly like their Windows equivalents.

- There's a Unix PuTTYgen, which is a command-line program unlike
its Windows counterpart. Anyone who needs to convert OpenSSH or
ssh.com private keys into PuTTY format in an automated way may be
able to do it using this utility.

- There's an entirely new utility: `pterm', which is an xterm clone
using the PuTTY terminal emulator. (Again, it uses GTK.)

- As yet there is no Unix version of Pageant, but all the utilities
can interoperate with OpenSSH's ssh-agent.

The Unix port is available from the PuTTY Download page as a source
tarball.

Enjoy using PuTTY!

Cheers,
Simon
--
Simon Tatham "Happiness is having a large, warm, loving,
<anakin@pobox.com> caring, close-knit family in another city."

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