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Component Descriptions

This section contains descriptions of the OpenSSH components.

Solaris OE Build Machine

The build machine needs to have the same base architecture as the targeted deployment machines. The Solaris OE is currently available for two platforms: SPARC and x86. You can check the architecture using the uname(1) command. If you deploy both, you will be required to build OpenSSH twice.

The following table will help you determine which build machine architectures are compatible.

TABLE 1 OpenSSH Compatible Architectures Examples

Build Architecture

Target Architecture


Ultra 1 SPARC

Netra™ T1 SPARC

These architectures are compatible.

Ultra 1 SPARC

LX-50 x86

These architectures are not compatible.

LX-50 x86

LX-50 x86

These architectures are compatible.

LX-50 x86

Sun Fire™ 15K SPARC

These architectures are not compatible.

Solaris OE Release

You must build OpenSSH on the oldest Solaris OE release that you plan on supporting. Newer releases of the Solaris OE are backwards compatible. This might require that new features not be used to maintain compatibility across releases. Building a single package reduces build-time costs and prevents a wrong package from being installed. You can check the release version with the uname(1) command.


The build machine needs to have one of the following metaclusters installed:

  • SUNWCprog (developer metacluster)

  • SUNWCall (entire Solaris OE distribution)

  • SUNWCXall (entire Solaris OE distribution plus OEM support)

The programmer utilities located in the /usr/ccs/bin directory are required to build OpenSSH, and /var/sadm/system/admin/CLUSTER contains the metacluster software installed on the machine. If the metacluster is not one of the above three, the build machine will need to be reinstalled with the correct metacluster.

To Check the Installed Metacluster

  • Use the cat(1) machine to check the metacluster software.

    $ cat /var/sadm/system/admin/CLUSTER


    Do not build on the intended deployment machines. This is particularly critical for machines installed with a minimized approach. Building the software requires a compiler and interpreters that could provide leverage for an attacker. Build the software and package it on the build machine, then deploy it to other machines.


The component source software packages are distributed in the Gzip format (for example, package_name.tar.gz). This is a Gzip compressed TAR file. The file must be uncompressed before it can be extracted. Neither uncompress(1) nor unzip(1) will be able to uncompress the file. Gzip comes with the Solaris 8 and 9 OE releases. For previous releases, you will have to download the Gzip software and build it from the source. Alternatively, prebuilt binaries can be downloaded at:


To Extract a Gzip Compressed Software Package

In the following example, foo.tar.gz is the name of the software package.

  • Use the gzip(1) command to uncompress and the tar(1) command to extract the file.

    $ gzip -dc foo.tar.gz | tar xvf -
    x foo/bar, 0 bytes, 0 tape blocks
    x foo/bar/ChangeLog, 10963 bytes, 22 tape blocks
    x foo/bar/INDEX, 1138 bytes, 3 tape blocks


An ANSI C compliant compiler is needed to build the various components. Either the Forte C or GNU C compilers will work. Forte C has the advantage of being able to produce more optimized executables, particularly with the relevant flags being used. The optimization flag usage becomes a factor when building the math-intensive OpenSSL cryptographic library. The Forte complier has the disadvantage of being a separate product. Consult your sales representative for more information on obtaining it. The GNU compiler is available free of charge.


Make sure the build system has the appropriate patches applied, particularly the necessary patches for the Forte C compiler, if you are using it.

To build gcc, refer to its documentation. To obtain prebuilt versions of gcc, go to:



The Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl) is needed to configure and install OpenSSL and OpenSSH. Specifically, version five of the language is needed. Perl version five comes with the Solaris 8 and 9 OE releases. For previous releases, you must download it and build from source. To obtain prebuilt binaries, go to:



Zlib is a lossless data-compression library. Optionally, OpenSSH uses it to compress data as it is transmitted and received to reduce bandwidth consumption. Although the feature is optionally used, Zlib is needed for compilation of OpenSSH. Zlib comes with Solaris 8 and 9 OE releases in dynamic library form.


Per Sun Alert 43541, Solaris 8 OE systems should apply the Zlib patch (patch ID 112611 for SPARC and 112612 for x86). The Zlib patch fixes a security bug detailed in CERT Vulnerability VU#368819.

For the Solaris 2.6 and 7 OE releases, to statically link OpenSSH or for minimized machines without the Zlib dynamic libraries, Zlib will need to be built. To build a dynamic Zlib library, consult the documentation.


Do not use versions previous to zlib-1.1.4 because there is an exploitable vulnerability.

To Build Zlib

  • To configure Zlib to use the Forte C compiler:

  1. Change directories to the zlib-x.x.x directory.

  2. Use the env(1) command to set the options and execute the configure script.

    $ env CC=cc \
    CFLAGS="-xO5 -xdepend -xprefetch -dalign -xlibmil -xunroll=5 " \


    If the target machines are without an UltraSPARC II or III processor, omit the -xprefetch flag.

  3. Use the make(1S) command to build the Zlib software.

    $ make
  4. Use the make(1S) command to test the build.

    $ make test
    hello world
    uncompress(): hello, hello!
    gzread(): hello, hello!
    gzgets() after gzseek: hello!
    inflate(): hello, hello!
    large_inflate(): OK
    after inflateSync(): hello, hello!
    inflate with dictionary: hello, hello!
            *** zlib test OK ***
  5. Install the Zlib software by executing the following commands:

    $ su
    Password: password
    # PATH=/usr/ccs/bin:$PATH
    # export PATH
    # make install
    # ls -l /usr/local/lib/libz.a
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root other   104308 Oct 10 14:03 libz.a
  6. To Configure Zlib to Use the GNU C Compiler:

  7. Change the directory to the zlib-x.x.x directory.

  8. Execute the configure script.

    $ ./configure
  9. Use the make(1S) command to build the Zlib software.

    $ make
  10. Use the make(1S) command to test the build.

    $ make test
    hello world
    uncompress(): hello, hello!
    gzread(): hello, hello!
    gzgets() after gzseek: hello!
    inflate(): hello, hello!
    large_inflate(): OK
    after inflateSync(): hello, hello!
    inflate with dictionary: hello, hello!
            *** zlib test OK ***
  11. Install the Zlib software by executing the following commands:

    $ su
    Password: password
    # PATH=/usr/ccs/bin:$PATH
    # export PATH
    # make install
    # ls -l /usr/local/lib/libz.a
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root other   104308 Oct 10 14:03 libz.a

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