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Managing Secure Shell Access in Oracle® Solaris 11.3

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Updated: June 2019

Secure Shell Commands

The following table summarizes the main Secure Shell commands.

Note -  Because the man pages differ between the SunSSH and OpenSSH implementations, you should open a terminal and use the man command to view the Secure Shell man pages that document the Secure Shell implementation on your system.
Table 4  Commands in Secure Shell
Man Page for Secure Shell Command
ssh (1)
Logs a user in to a remote system and securely executes commands on a remote system. The ssh command enables secure encrypted communications between two untrusted host systems over an insecure network. X11 connections and arbitrary TCP/IP ports can also be forwarded over the secure channel.
sshd (1M)
The daemon for Secure Shell. The daemon listens for connections from clients and enables secure encrypted communications between two untrusted hosts over an insecure network.
ssh-add (1)
Adds RSA or DSA identities to the authentication agent, ssh-agent. Identities are also called keys.
ssh-agent (1)
Holds private keys that are used for public key authentication. The ssh-agent program is started at the beginning of an X-session or a login session. All other windows and other programs are started as clients of the ssh-agent program. Through the use of environment variables, the agent can be located and used for authentication when users use the ssh command to log in to other systems.
ssh-keygen (1)
Generates and manages authentication keys for Secure Shell.
ssh-keyscan (1)
Gathers the public keys of a number of Secure Shell hosts. Aids in building and verifying ssh_known_hosts files.
ssh-keysign (1M)
Used by the ssh command to access the host keys on the local host. Generates the digital signature that is required during host-based authentication with Secure Shell v2. The command is invoked by the ssh command, not by the user.
scp (1)
Securely copies files between hosts on a network over an encrypted ssh transport. Unlike the rcp command, the scp command prompts for passwords or passphrases if password information is needed for authentication.
sftp (1)
An interactive file transfer program that is similar to the ftp command. Unlike the ftp command, the sftp command performs all operations over an encrypted ssh transport. The command connects, logs in to the specified host name and then enters interactive command mode.