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Agent forwarding and ProxyCommand-style jumps are two different use cases; they both have uses which the other cannot be used for.

ProxyCommand is used for 'jump servers', where you want to simply login to one server behind another. Of course it's handy to be able to authenticate from your desktop to an additional server whenever possible and not leave yourself open to attack from some server in the middle. In fact, it becomes very handy to use an ssh agent in combination with ProxyCommand-style jumps.

Agent forwarding is used when you actually need different servers to interact with each other [and not your desktop] using credentials only you control. Rather than keeping credentials on the disks of intermediate servers, they stay on your desktop.

From an even more practical standpoint, agents allow you to copy files between servers without these stored credentials, too. Just try copying a couple terabytes of data from one server to another with your cable modem as the intermediary; it takes a lot longer than copying from server to server. Hence, agent forwarding to allow you to copy files from host A to B using the creds on your desktop. ProxyCommand doesn't do this.

Agent forwarding is always somewhat potentially harmful, but that potential can be limited a great deal. Of course the private keys (nor passwords) are never sent over the network. ssh-add -c allows you to be prompted before they're used (the author thought it was ssh-agent's option) and the -t option to both ssh-agent and ssh-add also allows you to expire the credentials after a given period of time.




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