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Re: sshd only allows connection to local accounts

> Subject: Re: sshd only allows connection to local accounts
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 11:08:42 -0400
> From: Larry Hall <>
> At 06:22 AM 10/15/2003, Corinna Vinschen you wrote:
> >On Wed, Oct 15, 2003 at 05:08:47AM -0400, Fred Ma wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> I followed the procedure of setting up sshd:
> >>
> >>
> >>  [SNIP]
> >>
> >> What more is required to allow ssh connections to
> >> nonlocal user accounts?  I only have control over
> >
> >You're assuming too much.  We don't know about your
> >settings at all.  What cygwin version?  What ssh
> >version?  Password authentication or pubkey
> >authentication?  What do you mean by "I launch the
> >sshd with an account that is part of the
> >administrator group"?  Does that mean you start sshd
> >on the command line using that account?  Or does
> >that mean you start an sshd service from the command
> >line using that account?  Or do you mean the service
> >runs under that account?  Etc.  Please see
> >
> >
> >Corinna
> Also, instructions at <> are
> unsupported by  You're best bet is to
> uninstall, reinstall, and then follow the
> instructions in
> /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh-*.README.  If that
> doesn't help, then following Corinna's pointer above
> prior to contacting this list again is a wise step.
> Alternatively, you could consult with the author of
> the instructions you followed.  They'd be a better
> resource for debugging their prescribed installation
> than anyone on this list would be.
> --
> Larry Hall         

Larry and Corinna,

The documentation describes OpenSSH's privilege
separation, which smells very relevant to the symptoms
I encountered.  For now, I must drop the problem, but I
know where to start digging for a potential solution.
Also other oddities that may be related include
the lack of an sshd user account; sshd exists as a user
on another machine with cygwin, and it's a matter of
more reading to clear up when it should be there.

Thank you for the reference.

Fred Ma,
Carleton University, Dept. of Electronics
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1S 5B6

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