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Applies to RouterOS: v5


This menu controls if ssh server behaviour regarding port forward and authentication methods.


Property Desciption
forwarding-enabled (no|yes default:no) controls ssh port forwarding
always-allow-password-login (no|yes default:no) controls ssh authentication methods, if set to yes, does not remove form allowed methods password_login
export-host-key exports router private key
import-host-key imports user provided private key and replaces current host key
regenerate-host-key generated new set of private keys on the router and replaces current ones in use
strong-crypto (no|yes default:no) Introduces following changes in ssh configuration:
  • prefer 256 and 192 bit encryption instead of 128 bits
  • disable null encryption
  • prefer sha256 for hashing instead of sha1
  • disable md5
  • use 2048bit prime for Diffie Hellman exchange instead of 1024bit


To use this feature from Linux host using OpenSSH client this command can be used:

 ssh reamoteuser@remotehost -L port:remotehost:remoteport


  • remoteuser - user of router
  • remotehost - router address (if host name is used in -L settings, router should be able to resolve this name)
  • port - local port that your host will listen on
  • remoteport - port on the router

If user requires telnet to router, but you do not want to allow it to be plain text, Following can be done:

ssh admin@ -L 3000:

now when user uses telnet localhost 3000" it will log in the router using telnet over encrypted tcp connection.


Note: we fully support SFTP v3 as described in draft-ietf-secsh-filexfer-02.txt other versions can cause problems