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User Keys Tab (Secure Shell Settings)

Getting there

The User Keys tab provides tools for creating and managing the keys that authenticate your client session to the host when you establish a Secure Shell connection using public key authentication.

Note: Changes you make in this dialog box are save to the currently specified SSH configuration scheme when you click OK.

Reflection maintains a list of available user keys. To specify which key or keys you want Reflection to use for authentication to the current host, select one or more check boxes in the Use column (or enable Use all keys for authenticating to the host).

The list of keys includes:

  • Keys you have created using the User Key Generation dialog box.
  • Keys you have added using the Import button.
  • Keys you have copied manually to the Reflection Secure Shell folder.
  • Keys and certificates in the Reflection Key Agent.
  • User and Authentication Agent keys copied during migration of F-Secure settings to Reflection.
  • Certificates in the Windows Certificate Manager in your personal store.
  • Certificates in the Reflection Certificate Manager in your personal store.

The following key management tools are also available:

Select keys to use for authenticating to the host:



Displays the contents of the selected key or certificate.



Opens the User Key Generation dialog box, which you can use to configure a public/private key pair for user key authentication.



Upload a public key to the currently specified host.



Add a private key to the list of available keys. You can use this feature to provide easy access within Reflection to keys created using other applications. Importing a key copies it to the Reflection Secure Shell folder.



Export a public key, or public/private key pair.



Deletes the selected key.


Change Passphrase

Change the passphrase used to protect the selected key.


Add to Key Agent

Adds the selected key to the Reflection Key Agent. If you have not yet started the Key Agent for the first time, or if the Key Agent is locked, you will be prompted to enter the Key Agent passphrase. In addition, you will be prompted to enter the private key's passphrase before the key can be added to the agent.

Authentication options


Use all keys for authenticating to the host

When this option is selected, the client attempts to authenticate with all the listed keys, regardless of whether or not the Use checkbox is selected.


Prefer SSH key signature over certificate signature

This setting determines the order in which the client presents certificate signature types to the server during public key authentication. When this setting is selected (the default), the client sends the key using a standard ssh key signature first (ssh-rsa or ssh-dss). If that fails, the client tries again using a certificate signature (x509-sign-rsa or x509-sign-dss).

When this option is cleared, the client presents the certificate signature first. This can be useful in situations where the certificate key type is required and the server doesn't allow the client to attempt a second authentication using the same key with a different signature type.

Key agent


Allow Agent Forwarding

Enables forwarding of the Reflection Key Agent connection. Agent forwarding should be enabled with caution. Users with the ability to bypass file permissions on the remote host (for the agent's Unix-domain socket) can access the local agent through the forwarded connection. Attackers cannot obtain key material from the agent, however they can perform operations on the keys that enable them to authenticate using the identities loaded into the agent.


Add key used for authenticating to host to key agent

This setting is available when Allow agent forwarding is enabled. When it is selected and public key authentication to the server is successful, the key or certificate that was used for authentication is automatically added to the Reflection Key Agent. This key is not saved in the Key Agent, but remains available as long as the Key Agent is running.


Launch Key Agent

Launches the Reflection Key Agent.