Unlike some of the other SCP servers we talked about Dropbear is Dropbear is particularly useful for “embedded”-type Linux (or other Unix) systems, such as wireless routers. It is a small SSH server and client that can run on a variety of POSIX- based platforms.
Using Dropbear SSH is best suited in the hands of an experienced system administrator, familiar with makefiles and recompiling the executable as needed.
- Both a SSH server and client
- Small memory footprint
- Can run from inetd at startup or s a standalone server
- Compatible with public key authentication from Open SSH
- Linux – standard distributions, uClibc >=0.9.17, dietlibc, musl libc, uClinux from inetd
- Mac OS X (compile with PAM support)
- FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD
- Solaris – tested v8 x86 and v9 Sparc
- IRIX 6.5 (with /dev/urandom, or prngd should work)
- Tru64 5.1 (using prngd for entropy)
- AIX 4.3.3 (with gcc and Linux Affinity Toolkit), AIX 5.2 (with /dev/urandom).
- HPUX 11.00 (+prngd), TCP forwarding doesn’t work
- Cygwin – tested 1.5.19 on Windows XP
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