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Practical Hadoop Security by Bhushan Lakhe

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APPENDIX A

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Pageant Use and Implementation

Pageant is an SSH authentication agent that can be used with PuTTY or WinSCP for holding your decrypted keys in memory, so that you don’t need to enter your passphrase to decrypt your key every time you are authenticating to a server using a key pair (Chapter 4 discusses key-based authentication in detail). If you are using multiple key pairs to authenticate to multiple servers, Pageant is even more useful. You can use Pageant to hold all your decrypted keys in memory, meaning you need to enter the respective passphrases only once when you start your Windows session. When you log off your Windows session, ...

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