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I have just updated from 8.04 to 10.04 after such a long time I am rather excited. But since the update I am now unable to login to my server via winscp but a connection with putty is still completely fine.

Neither are using private keys. I am just entering a username and password each time.

I do however get through to the authentication panel, where i can enter my username and password. This is where it appears to time out.

So, is there a reason why one would accept a SSH connection and not the other?

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Do you see anything in the server log? /var/log/auth.log on Ubuntu should have the sshd messages. – cjc Mar 30 '13 at 13:07
Are you using the last versions of PuTTY and WinSCP? – Mircea Vutcovici Mar 30 '13 at 13:09
@MirceaVutcovici Just updated winscp. No difference. Trying to hunt down the log files as I was previously using plesk so they don't seem to follow protocol :( – Jamie Hutber Mar 30 '13 at 13:14
@cjc would it be the apache2 logs? – Jamie Hutber Mar 30 '13 at 13:18
No, why would the SSH connection logs be found in apache2 logs? – cjc Mar 30 '13 at 14:42
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There was such a bug in WinSCP before 5.0.5 version ( and relevant discussion here ( So please check what version of WinSCP you are using. Try upgrading or downgrading to either 4.3.5 or 5.0.5 as they have no this bug.

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I updated to the latest version and now indeed its all working as expected :D – Jamie Hutber Apr 4 '13 at 22:57

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