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SSH configuration change with 10.1.3 UNIX
The upgrade to 10.1.3 also included OpenSSH 3.0.2p1.

I found out that there is a change in how authentication with other servers is handled in this version. When I connect to one of my OpenBSD boxen, I get asked for my S/key password before I have a chance to enter my normal password. That's of course very unfortunate if you have not set up your s/key passwords, or do not carry them with you.

The fix was for me to add one line to the /etc/ssh_config file:
PreferredAuthentications publickey,password,
keyboard-interactive
[Shown on two lines; enter as one]

If you do not intend to use S/key password authentication, you could leave away the keyboard-interactive part.
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Try using a public key
Authored by: wankomatic2000 on Feb 26, '02 10:15:43PM

You should probably use a public key to log in to your machine anyway. It's easier and it's more secure than using plain old login.

If you're interested, this is a good place to start:
http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-keyc.html

By the way, if you get the S/Key prompt when you SCP your public DSA key to the remote server, just type any old thing into the login prompt and password attempts. After about three attempts, it will drop you to the plain old login.



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