Kahuna and FTP (and other remote access)

The kahuna admin, Byron Jeff, has decided to suspend both ftp and telnet protocols as they are both extremely insecure from a network standpoint. Both shuffle passwords and data around the network in clear text which means that anyone along the way with a network sniffer can intercept such information.

But not to worry. it has been replaced with an SSH server, which has a much higher level of security while offering the same functionality. You should download two applications to utilize SSH: putty and WinSCP. Putty replaces telnet and will let you get a command line login to kahuna. WinSCP or Filezilla will give you an interface similar to WS_FTP but at a much higher level of security. Note that Filezilla is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux systems while WinSCP only runs under Windows.

FileZilla (download the client only) can be found at: https://filezilla-project.org

WinSCP can be found at: http://winscp.sourceforge.net/eng

Putty (and make sure to download version 0.70 or later) can be found here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty

Note 1: Windows users only need to download the putty.exe file and place it on their desktop.

Note 2: Mac OSX and Linux users do not need Putty. They can access SSH using this tutorial.

As stated, putty will give you remote command line login access. Also it has a better telnet interface than the standard Windows telnet client. You can find a brief putty tutorial that describes how to use putty for remote access. Note the hostname for access is kahuna.clayton.edu

Putty also facilitates SSH port forwarding tunnels so that authorized users of kahuna can access retricted resources remotely. This Putty tunneling tutorial describes how to do this for Windows users of Putty. The same can be done on Max OSX/Linux using the built in ssh client. The process is described in the Local Port Forwarding section of this tutorial.

To jumpstart using WinSCP take a look at this online tutorial for getting started. Simply put kahuna.clayton.edu in the host field of the WinSCP login dialog to connect to kahuna. Also be sure that the port listed at the bottom of the dialog is set to 22.

Filezilla has this tutorial available. Again the hostname for access is kahuna.clayton.edu

Quick Guide for Kahuna PHPMyAdmin access

SSH Access Putty (Windows) Putty Tutorial Hostname: kahuna.clayton.edu
Port: 22
  • Download only 64-bit putty.exe (located under Alternative Binaries) and save on Desktop
  • Never use the Open Button on putty. Double click saved session instead.
  • Be sure to save any settings that are changed under saved session.
  • Passwords will be blind typed. Nothing will show on screen.
  • Be sure to set up tunnels in next section in your setup.
SSH Tunnel Putty (above) or ssh on Mac/Linux Windows: Windows Tutorial Mac/Linux: Mac/Linux Tutorial Source Port: 8080
Destination Host: localhost (or
Dest Port: 80
  • Do not use port 3306 from the tutorial.
  • Be sure to click 'Add' on the Port Forwarding page.
  • Be sure to save your session before activating putty.
Access PHPMyAdmin Link to local port 8080 PHPMyAdmin on your machine.
  • Use credentials given by your instructor to log in.
  • You can only create databases with name starting with your login. If your login is abc123 then all databases must start with abc123_.
  • All students have select access to employees and birthday databases.

Hope this helps,