[1.5] Problem with OpenSSH on Windows Home Server (Win2003)

Patrick Aikens paikens@gmail.com
Wed May 20 00:23:00 GMT 2009

Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> On 05/19/2009, Patrick Aikens wrote:
>> I can log in using a password for any user who is a member of the
>> Administrators group. Many of the guides I've seen on installing
>> OpenSSH on windows (especially 2003 server) have you add new users to
>> the Admin group, so this seems to be a common necessity.  If this is a
>> known restriction?  If so, I'll go ahead and stick to allowing
>> key-based authentication only.
> There does appear to be an issue with logging in using password
> authentication if the user is not part of the Administrators group.
> I've been able to reproduce the problem on XP with a new user that
> has never logged in.  Although I tried this with 1.7, I didn't
> enable any fancy authentication options available there, so it
> should be a pretty good match functionally to 1.5's version.  If you
> haven't tried this already, you might try switching the users in
> question to be in the "Adminstrators" group, logging in through ssh
> (or just through Windows), and then switching back, assuming the users
> in question haven't started Cygwin's 'bash' shell before when they
> logged in.  This didn't resolve the log in issues I saw but did
> change them from a permissions issue (i.e. "Permission denied")
> to a successful login that was immediately closed.  I've looked
> some at the latter issue and the server is receiving SIGCHLD,
> which suggests that things are getting killed off right at the
> start of the session but I don't know more than this.  This is
> really Corinna's ballywick but she's on vacation.  So it may have
> to wait for her return to get the real low-down (and it's possible
> it has already been discussed but I wasn't paying attention. ;-) )
> In any case, if public key authentication will serve you fine, I'd
> recommend using it.  It's defintely more secure than password
> authentication.

Thanks for the reply.  I'd rather use public key authentication
anyway... I was concerned that the inability to log in using password
authentication in this case might point to a deeper problem that might
cause me grief later on.  If the extent of the problem is simply with
sshd, I'm fine with using public key authentication.  Thanks for the help.

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