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In my own computer, running MacOSX, I have this in ~/.ssh/config

Host *
ForwardAgent yes
Host b1
ForwardAgent yes

b1 is a virtual machine running Ubuntu 12.04. I ssh to it like this:

ssh pupeno@b1

and I get logged in without being asked for a password because I already copied my public key. Due to forwarding, I should be able to ssh to pupeno@b1 from b1 and it should work, without asking me for a password, but it doesn't. It asks me for a password.

What am I missing?

This is the verbose output of the second ssh:

pupeno@b1:~$ ssh -v pupeno@b1
OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1, OpenSSL 1.0.1 14 Mar 2012
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 19: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to b1 [127.0.1.1] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_ecdsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_ecdsa-cert type -1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1
debug1: match: OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1 pat OpenSSH*
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: sending SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_INIT
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY
debug1: Server host key: ECDSA 35:c0:7f:24:43:06:df:a0:bc:a7:34:4b:da:ff:66:eb
debug1: Host 'b1' is known and matches the ECDSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /home/pupeno/.ssh/known_hosts:1
debug1: ssh_ecdsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: Roaming not allowed by server
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/pupeno/.ssh/id_ecdsa
debug1: Next authentication method: password
pupeno@b1's password:
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up vote 12 down vote accepted

It turns out my key was not in the agent, and this fixed it:

ssh-add -K
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  1. Check if your ./ssh/id_rsa .ssh/id_dsa .ssh/id_ecdsa files have the correct permissions which should be owned by your user and be chmoded 600.

  2. Check that you have the correct public key on pupeno/.ssh/authorized_keys on b1, and check if authorized_keys has a line break at the end of the key.

  3. Check if you have ssh-agent running, try to load keys via ssh-add

  4. Try GSSAPI-based authentication and forwarding with ssh -K

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The permission of the keys are fine and the key in authorized_keys is fine (otherwise I think I would have trouble connecting on the first place). –  J. Pablo Fernández Jul 3 '12 at 16:44
    
Did you have ssh-agent running? What happens when you do an ssh-add then ssh -A pupeno@b1 and then ssh pupeno@b1 ? –  Daniel Prata Almeida Jul 3 '12 at 16:47
    
Why don't you update the answer to mention ssh-add -K and I'll accept yours instead of mine (since the information was posted almost simultaneously). –  J. Pablo Fernández Jul 3 '12 at 16:50
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