MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that OpenSSH, the security protocol at the heart of Linux-based systems, is to get support in its products.
The move is the latest in a long string of acts of openness as Microsoft steers towards taking its place in a multi-platform world, rather than attempting to recreate the domination that has slipped through its fingers as the landscape has evolved.
Microsoft has been working to integrate Linux into products like Azure for some time, and it's getting to the point where it would be pretty idiotic to hold out any further.
Angel Calvo, group software engineering manager for the PowerShell team, said: "A popular request the PowerShell team has received is to use Secure Shell protocol and Shell session (aka SSH) to interoperate between Windows and Linux – both Linux connecting to and managing Windows via SSH and, vice versa, Windows connecting to and managing Linux via SSH.
"Thus, the combination of PowerShell and SSH will deliver a robust and secure solution to automate and remotely manage Linux and Windows systems."
He goes on to explain that Microsoft will become an active member of the OpenSSH community and contribute its own take on things and ensure tight compatibility. There is no set date for launch, and development is in the "early planning stages".
Calvo said that attempts to support SSH in the past were rejected, although he didn't make it entirely clear who had rejected Microsoft's advances.
"Given our changes in leadership and culture, we decided to give it another try and this time, because we are able to show the clear and compelling customer value, the company is very supportive," he said.
OpenSSH was hit by a vulnerability known as Logjam last month. A joint statement from US universities investigating the glitch said: "If you use SSH, you should upgrade your server and client installations to the most recent version of OpenSSH, which prefers Elliptic-Curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange." µ
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