PuTTY version 0.59 is released

All the pre-built binaries, and the source code, are now available
from the PuTTY website at


New features in this release include:

- PuTTY can now connect to a local serial port, as an alternative
to making a network connection.

- Windows PuTTY now has the same local proxy support as Unix PuTTY
(equivalent to OpenSSH's `ProxyCommand' option), allowing network
connections to be managed by a separate proxy program of your
choice. Plink also has a new `-nc' mode which makes it a useful
local proxy command.

- The manual is now provided in HTMLHelp format as well as
old-style WinHelp, meaning that online help will be available on
Windows Vista.

- Support for password expiry in SSH-2.

- Various performance improvements and cryptography upgrades.

Bug fixes in this release include:

- PuTTY should now run on all variants of Windows XP, without
giving the `application configuration is incorrect' error.

- The file transfer utilities PSCP and PSFTP now support files
bigger than 2Gb (provided the underlying operating system does

- Font linking (the automatic use of other fonts on the system to
provide Unicode characters not present in the selected one)
should now work again on Windows, after being broken in 0.58.

- On Windows, the random seed file PUTTY.RND should now be stored
in a more sensible place by default.

- IPv6 should now work in Windows Vista as well as earlier versions
of Windows.

- Numerous other small bug fixes.

Enjoy using PuTTY!

Simon Tatham "_shin_, n. An ingenious device for
finding tables and chairs in the dark."