Host-based authentication uses the public key of the client machine to authenticate a user to the remote server. Host-based authentication can be used with Tectia Client on Unix. The Tectia Server can be either an Unix or Windows server. Usually also Tectia Server is installed on the client machine.
Host-based authentication provides a non-interactive form of authentication, and is best used in scripts and automated processes, such as cron jobs. Host-based authentication can be used to automate backups and file transfers, or in other situations where a user will not be present to input authentication information.
The nature of any non-interactive login is inherently unsecured. Whenever
authentication without user challenge is permitted, some level of risk must be assumed. If
feasible, public-key authentication is preferred. Tectia Server provides host-based authentication
as a form of non-interactive login that is more secure than the
This means that you should take aggressive measures to ensure that any client machine set up for host-based authentication is adequately secured, both by software and hardware, to prevent unauthorized logins to the server.
Host-based authentication can be enabled either by using conventional public keys or by using certificates.
When FIPS mode is enabled in the Server configuration (for more information, see
), host-based authentication only works if the file
In the following instructions,
Server is the remote host running
Tectia Server to which you are trying to connect.
ServerUser is the user name on
Server that you are logging in as.
Client is the host running
ClientUser is the user name on
Client that should be allowed
to log in to
ServerUser. With Tectia Client,
ServerUser must be the same user names.