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Re: sshd: public key working, but can't get passwords working

Daniel Griscom wrote:
At 7:32 PM -0500 7/29/07, René Berber wrote:
Back to the original problem: did you use ssh-user-config? (I guess you did
since you had to copy the public key).

No; I'd thought that ssh-user-config was to configure an account that was to be an ssh client (e.g. one within which I'd use ssh to connect to another machine). I copied the public key from another workstation from which I've used ssh public key connections for a number of servers.

What you reported about the log is simple, the password used is not correct...
it should prompt you 3 times and then close the connection; or the configuration
does not allow password authentication, let's check this last one:

In /etc/sshd_config you should have:

#PasswordAuthentication yes
#PermitEmptyPasswords no
#UsePAM no

All three lines are present and commented out (as above).

I thought you were trying to use public/private key authentication, not password authentication?

If so, then the first line above needs to be uncommented and changed to 'no'. (Remember to keep a session open while you're testing changes, and any changes won't become "live" until sshd is restarted on the host.)

I think you said you were using authorized_keys2 as the public key file, try using ~/authorized_keys (note the missing '2'). That would be something like:


Or whatever username you're trying to login to.


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