PuTTY wish bypass-ssh2-userauth

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summary: Ability to bypass user authentication in SSH-2
class: wish: This is a request for an enhancement.
difficulty: fun: Just needs tuits, and not many of them.
priority: low: We aren't sure whether to fix this or not.
fixed-in: 2005-05-06 b099456c8769ded59e3900ea84a3503d1b72e347 (0.59)

In principle, it should be possible in SSH-2 to bypass the user authentication stage entirely, and ask for the ssh-connection service (which provides shells, port-forwarding and so on) directly, rather than through the ssh-userauth service.

Currently, PuTTY is hardcoded to try ssh-userauth, and will bomb out if that is not supported. It should be trivial to add an option to try ssh-connection instead. (Perhaps we should also try it if ssh-userauth is refused?)

We probably won't add this unless someone asks for it. (At least one person has expressed an interest in using SSH purely for transport.)

(This isn't relevant to SSH-1, which doesn't have the modularity of SSH-2.)

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2016-12-27 11:40:22 +0000)