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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 6, 2021

Allow SSH for 5250

Telnet has been identified as a security risk, which is mitigated by the TLS1.2 security applied to it, but I would like to see the connection for IBM Access Client Solution 5250 sessions have the option to use an SSH connection instead of Telnet. This would save a lot of time and energy wasted on explaining the use of telnet to security teams and proving that it is secure during regular audits and reviews.

Use Case:

When configuring access to an IBMi system, Access Client Solutions should have the option to use an SSH connection instead of Telnet, with the same functionality for 5250 emulation sessions.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Aug 25, 2021

    Thank you for submitting your Request For Enhancement. After evaluating your submission, the decision at this time is to not provide this support.

  • Guest
    Aug 12, 2021

    If the security team does not understand TELNET-SSL but want to use SSH (because this is what they know), they should update their knowledge.
    For sure one can use SSH to connect to a server and then run a TN5250 LOCALHOST - but this is not very user friendly.
    Implementing TELNET via SSH in the ACS product might produce additional work as there is more than one port / application to handle.

  • Guest
    Aug 8, 2021

    I understand the question but properly securing SSH is already a nightmare... all kinds of different "protocols" over the same port.

    TELNET SSL works fine... educated your auditors, it tells more about the auditors than TELNET SSL if they don't understand it.

  • Guest
    Aug 6, 2021

    Have you tried installing TN5250 emulator and configure your SSH session?