Distributing Mainframe Server Keys
The server is run as a started task under the
SSHD2 user as described in Section Running as a Started Task, one server on each LPAR that will be accessed.
Each system (LPAR) has its own
/etc/ssh2 directory. A server key is generated for each system. The mainframe administrators can publish the fingerprints of these keys.
The remote users download the server public key on the first Secure Shell access to the mainframe and whenever the server key has been changed. This access must be interactive and the user must verify the key by its fingerprint and allow the Secure Shell client program to write it to the user's hostkey directory or file. The directory is
$HOME/.ssh2/hostkeys for SSH Tectia Client on Unix and "
%USERPROFILE%\Application Data\SSH\HostKeys" for SSH Tectia Client on Windows. OpenSSH clients store the host keys in the
To set up client access to mainframe Secure Shell servers, the users must access all the mainframe systems, either using manual interactive connections or using a script similar to
ssh-1st-connect2. When this is done, accessing the mainframe only requires the users to enter their passwords.