Installing SSH on AIX 6.1

It’s 2010. You’d think a company as highly invested in information security as IBM would enable ssh by default on their big iron operating system. Nope. Fortunately, it’s not very difficult to install:

  • Download the openssh and prerequisite openssl packages from their respective websites, or from here:
  • Transfer the installation files to a temporary directory on the AIX server
  • Unpack and install:
uncompress openssl.
tar xf openssl.
inutoc .
geninstall -Y -d . openssl
uncompress openssh-4.7_5301aix61.tar.Z
tar xf openssh-4.7_5301aix61.tar
inutoc .
geninstall -Y -d . openssh

Once you have installed ssh, you may disable telnet by commenting it out of /etc/inetd.conf and stopping the service:

perl -p -i -e 's/^telnet/\#telnet/g' /etc/inetd.conf
refresh -s inetd
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