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I am a programming and not a SA but in the current firm I am in I have to do some lite SA work so I have a question..

I have server a number of servers (really VM's) which I ssh into.. I installed my public-key to them so I don't have to remember the passwords.

If someone changes the password to one of the servers will my ssh still work?

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Why would someone change your password without informing you? It seems like there might be some other non-technical issues here. –  EEAA Dec 7 '12 at 18:16
    
@EEAA, because lots of people ignore the common security wisdom, and setup shared accounts for accessing resources. Regrettably, this is very common from I have seen. –  Zoredache Dec 7 '12 at 18:33
    
@Zoredache - Ugh. –  EEAA Dec 7 '12 at 18:33

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If someone changes the password to one of the servers will my ssh still work?

Yes you will still have access unless:

  • they disable key-based authentication
  • they remove your key
  • they remove the account you have setup your key under
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Yes, you will still be able to SSH to the servers if a password change occurs. The SSH key framework does not rely on the password infrastructure.

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