Deprecating SunSSH Options

When SunSSH was replaced by OpenSSH back in OmniOS release r151014, a number of features and options of SunSSH were retained in order to make migration easier and so that SSH on upgraded servers continued to work as expected following the upgrade.

As a result of this, the OmniOS OpenSSH package contains a fair number of local patches just to support legacy SunSSH configurations. The OpenSSH migration is now complete and the time has come to retire these patches, therefore:

The following SunSSH compatibility features have been removed from OpenSSH starting with OmniOS r151028.

In order to check if your OpenSSH configuration is using any of these, you can run the following command and look for deprecation warnings in the output.

% /usr/sbin/sshd -T >/dev/null
/etc/ssh/sshd_config line 100: ignoring UsePAM option value. This option is always on.
/etc/ssh/sshd_config line 113: Deprecated option UsePrivilegeSeparation

ListenAddress option

If your sshd_config contains a ListenAddress option with only an IPv6 address then, from r151028, it will only listen on IPv6. This includes lines such as:

    ListenAddress ::
    ListenAddress [::]:22

The recommended action is to remove all ListenAddress lines from your configuration, or to configure specific addesses if required.

This will emit a deprecation warning starting from release r151026

Changed Defaults

The default value for the following options will change as shown in brackets. If you use them, specify the desired value explicitly in your sshd_config and ssh_config files:

  • GSSAPIAuthentication (yes -> no)
  • X11Forwarding (yes -> no)
  • ForwardX11Trusted (yes -> no)

Default ssh-keygen fingerprint format.

Following this change, ssh-keygen will output SHA256 fingerprints rather than MD5.


% ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/
2048 79:e2:f9:76:aa:85:ae:84:08:94:ce:33:73:94:fe:4e root@unknown (RSA)


% ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/
2048 SHA256:akVabPFFJY4+2edncya71p2mJdHv+pY3J5nnOWoMO3Q root@unknown (RSA)

UsePAM option

On OmniOS, PAM support is always enabled. The UsePAM option is deprecated and ignored if found in the configuration file and should be removed.

Other deprecated options

The following options are deprecated and should be removed from your OpenSSH configuration files (/etc/ssh/sshd_config, /etc/ssh/ssh_config):

  • GssapiStoreDelegatedCredentials
  • KmfPolicyDatabase
  • KmfPolicyName
  • LookupClientHostnames
  • MaxAuthTriesLog
  • PreUserAuthHook
  • TrustedAnchorKeystore
  • UseFips140
  • UseOpensslEngine
  • UseUnsupportedSshv1