Introduction to libssh2

Libssh2 package is a client-side C library implementing the SSH2 protocol.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

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libssh2 Dependencies


CMake-3.28.3 (can be used instead of the configure script), libgcrypt-1.10.3 (can be used instead of OpenSSL), OpenSSH-9.6p1 (for some tests), and Docker (for some tests)

Installation of libssh2

First, fix a critical security vulnerability in libssh2:

patch -Np1 -i ../libssh2-1.11.0-security_fixes-1.patch

If you want to test the package, exclude the tests requiring a static library:

sed -E '/^DOCKER_TEST/,/^SSHD_TEST/s/test_(auth_keyboard_info.* |hostkey |simple)/$(NOTHING)/' \
    -i tests/ &&
autoreconf -fi

Install libssh2 by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr          \
            --disable-docker-tests \
            --disable-static       &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-docker-tests: Disable the tests requiring Docker, which is beyond the scope of BLFS. Remove this switch if you've installed Docker and you wish to run the test suite.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


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Short Descriptions

contains functions to use the SSH2 protocol