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I would like to use the arcfour cipher when mounting a drive using sshfs. However, if i specify sshfs -o Ciphers=arcfour my virtual machine resets the connection (I am able to sshfs without this option). Any way to make this work? I am doing this so that sshfs performs faster (I also have compression off).

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The arcfour cipher is no longer supported in modern SSH servers because it is considered insecure. You may want to try aes128-ctr or chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com.

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  • ahh i see; are those faster than whatever the default cipher is? – Alex Aug 1 '18 at 21:08
  • You should try it yourself, I've seen different results, it may depend on hardware and library versions. – RalfFriedl Aug 1 '18 at 21:19
  • great, thx. can't upvote your answer due to rep < 15 unfortunately – Alex Aug 1 '18 at 21:20
  • Maybe worth noting, "arcfour" is RC4 by a different (non-trademarked) name. – Håkan Lindqvist Aug 11 '18 at 15:23

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