Update on user-level hack to do telnet encryption posted recently

Perry E. Metzger pmetzger at lehman.com
Sun Mar 6 07:16:57 PST 1994

Eric Hughes says:
> For the forseeable future, there will be the need for link encryption
> where one is connecting to a site where the far end doesn't have
> encrypted telnet available, _for_whatever_reason_at_all.  There are
> lots of reasons, e.g. site managers are busy and the user did not plan
> in advance.  It doesn't really matter.  If you can't alter the remote
> end except by a user process, that's what you use.

I strongly disagree. If you truly insist, run your own telnetd on the
remote machine. Don't run a hack. However, the right solution is to
get the site manager to replace their telnet, a process that takes
minutes and which, given the current epidemic of line tapping, is of
obvious necessity even to the brain damaged. As I've noted, however,
its trivial to run your own telnetd on another port if you absolutely


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