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According to this:

How do I change my private key passphrase?

it is possible to change your private RSA/DSA key passphrase any time. Is there a way to generate a key with a passphrase that is set once and can not be altered?

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  • If you wanted to have an unchangeable private key, then you would probably need to consider looking at hardware based keys. IE a private key exists on a physical token. – Zoredache May 19 '19 at 5:56
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No, and the question doesn't make sense either. There is no reason for this. A private key is just that.

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  • It certainly does make sense in some contexts - for example, in the context of ensuring a certain security posture - such as a private key with a mandated passphrase. That makes the mere theft of that private key of little advantage to the bad guy as he is still one authentication factor short of success. – Boris Epstein May 19 '19 at 18:00
  • No, you don't "mandate" a passphrase. That's something that stays in your head and is never shared with anyone. Your proposal is a frightening loss of security. – Michael Hampton May 19 '19 at 18:01
  • @BorisEpstein I wouldn't consider the password on a private key a different factor from the private key itself. I understand that one issue with a user changing their own private key password is they may make it insecure (mom's birthday) or remove it entirely, but perhaps a better solution would be adding a password factor to the login system itself that /can/ be regulated, since this simply isn't possible or advisable for a private key. – persona15 May 19 '19 at 19:52

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