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Smoothest workflow to handle SSH host verification errors?

This is a simple issue that we all face and probably resolve manually without giving much thought. As servers change, are re-provisioned, or IP addresses reallocated, we receive the SSH host ...
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Can I SSH into my Amazon EC2 server instance if I don't have .pem file from when instance was created?

I am working with some Amazon EC2 servers that are up and running, and I need to SSH into the servers. I don't have any keys that were generated when the servers were first set up (someone else did it ...
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how to connect to mongodb server via ssh tunnel

It was easy for me to connect to my remote mysql server on AWS using a sequelpro, however I'm struggling with doing the same thing with mongodb. I tried setting up an ssh tunnel via command line ...
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ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

Firstly, I know that this question has been asked a million times, and I have read everything I can find and still cannot fix the problem. i am encountering this issue when ssh'ing in from my mac to ...
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Sharing public key with ssh

Is it possible to somehow setup an ssh server that doesn't require a username,password or cert to login? If that's not possible, if I were to give all customers the same public key, would each ...
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Why is SSHD hanging at “Server accepts key”

I've been ssh'ing to this box without problem for a year using public-key authentication. No changes have been made to the client or server's ssh config. Now, ssh connections never complete or fail, ...
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SSH configuration, publickeys, Permission denied (publickey,password). error

My task: login from Mac OS Snow Leopard client to Ubuntu 10.10 server without password. Commands: client$ mkdir ~/.ssh client$ chmod 700 ~/.ssh client$ ssh-keygen -q -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa -t rsa Enter ...
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What's the benefit of using asymmetric keys over passwords?

Is there a benefit to using keys over regular passwords when it comes to logging into a remote server over SSH? (Besides not having to remember/input that password)
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SSH Public Key Authentication only works if active session exists before

I have a rather strange problem with my SSH configuration. I set up my server with the help of a Remote Access Card and configured everything with a KVM viewer. So while being logged into the server ...
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Why is SSH password authentication a security risk?

Most guides for OpenSSH configuration advise to disable password authentication in favor of key-based authentication. But in my opinion password authentication has a significant advantage: an ability ...
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how do you create an ssh key for another user?

I'm trying to create an ssh key for another user. I'm logged in as root. Can I just edit the files generated by ssh-keygen and change root to the user I want?
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Why does my OpenSSH key fingerprint not match the AWS EC2 console keypair fingerprint?

When I import my OpenSSH public key into AWS EC2's keyring the fingerprint that AWS shows doesn't match what I see from: ssh-keygen -l -f my_key It is a different length and has different bytes. ...
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Can Bash Tell Me Which SSH Public Key Was Used To Authenticate?

Let's say I want to track my root users. Each of them has a unique private key and their public keys have been stored in /root/.ssh/authorized_keys. Given that each user logs in with their unique key ...
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Wordpress can't find ssh public and private key pair

My server configuration is as follows: CentOS 5.8 (final) running Nginx. I am using the SSH2 feature of Wordpress's plugin installer. I have installed lib2ssh and it is working (Wordpress is ...
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Only allow password authentication to SSH server from internal network

I have an OpenSSH 5.9p1 server running on Ubuntu Precise 12.04 which accepts connections from both the internal network and the Internet. I'd like to require public key authentication for connections ...
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How to revoke an ssh certificate (not ssh identity file!)

I've generated an ssh certificate like this: ssh-keygen -f ca_key # generate a ssh keypair for use as a certificate generate a host key ssh-keygen -s ca_key -I cert_identifier -h host_key.pub ...
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SSH ForwardAgent multiple hops

I've been looking for a solution to the following problem for the past 2 hours with no luck. Development: I'm using publickey authentication to connect to my servers. I use ssh-agent forwarding in ...
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Issues with ssh-add

I am attempting to add an ssh key using ssh-add. Upon running ssh-add ~/.ssh/insertkeynamehere I am prompted with: Could not open a connection to your authentication agent. After doing some ...
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Allow password access for all users except root?

I want to leave the root user enabled on my servers for convenience, and the only reason people are against the idea (that I know of) is brute-force attacks on SSH. So, is there is a way in SSH to ...
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Choosing the encryption algorithm used by OSX ssh-keygen

I have several users that use SmartCVS on OSX to interact with our CVS repository. We use the cvs :ext: (SSH2) method to access the repository, which is stored on a remote linux system. We use ssh key ...
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Is there an easier way to add public-key authentication for new users?

I am in the arduous and painful process of setting up secure users on a new web LEMP server with Ubuntu 12.04. I was initially going to setup something like vsftpd or proftpd but many have suggested ...
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SSH Keys Authentication keeps asking for password

Im trying to set access from ServerA(SunOS) to ServerB(Some custom Linux with Keyboard Interactive login) with SSH Keys. As a proof of concept I was able to do it between 2 virtual machines. Now in my ...
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SSH How to ignore checking IdentityFile?

I have setup a config file located at "~/.ssh/config" which contains some IdentityFile lines to point to the key files that I use for some of my servers. e.g. IdentityFile ~/Data/Keys/KeyFile.pem ...
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Pass your password to your SSH key via a script

I am writing a script that will allow me to retrieve a file from all of my servers at once. I have SSH keys in place in order to log into my servers. My SSH key however requires a password. The ...
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Any reason sshd_config can not be set to an authorized_keys file not in home?

Troubleshooting SSH and NX I have a working SSH connection using a RSA key. The trouble is NX server wants the sshd_config parameter AuthorizedKeysFile to be set to an NX installed file, ...