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Old 05-22-2014
SSH Authentication issue.

When I am trying to connect to a sever using ssh, I happen to see the following statements in the server side logs:
none for user User rejected because it is unavailable
password for user User accepted

I am able to connect to the server, but I am getting that "rejected" message in logs.

What I want to do is to eliminate that message. So when I did some digging around I came to know that the "none" authentication method is used to determine the types of authentication methods available and only in rare cases is the "none" authentication method supported by the server.

So is there any way I can tell the ssh not to use the "none" authentication method?

I already tried specifying the preferred authentication method using:
-o PreferredAuthentications=password

but still I am getting that error message.

So is there any way I can tell ssh not to use the none authentication method/

# 2  
Old 05-22-2014
what is the output after your ssh tries ?
# ssh -o PreferredAuthentications=none serverIP

is the connection ok although logged to "rejected .. " message
# 3  
Old 05-22-2014
In that case it just displays the possibe authentication method and exits. But it i give the method as "password" first it is taking "none" and then taking "password". The connection is ok
# 4  
Old 05-22-2014
When connecting to a server with ssh if there is a public key/private key authentication token between server, the ssh will try to use that key. If for some reason the key does not work, then ssh will try asking for a password. Key based authentication won't work if the .ssh directory is world or group writable, readable or executable or the home directory is world writable. You may want to check the permissions on your home and .ssh directories.
# 5  
Old 05-22-2014
Look at your sshd_config file. Is PermitEmptyPasswords set to yes? If so, try turning it off.
# 6  
Old 05-22-2014
Originally Posted by chacko193
In that case it just displays the possibe authentication method and exits. But it i give the method as "password" first it is taking "none"
and then taking "password". The connection is ok
Ok i understand the issue.This happened from ssh server and i guess the is mandatory.Maybe you are using the Vshell and
if there is an parameter called the name is like "NoneAuthentication" method and i m not sure , if this can be eliminated bt this but just u can try.
# ssh -o PreferredAuthentications=password -o NoneAuthentication=no serverIp

or you can use the ssh-1 but i think your server is not permitted this and this cannot be preferred.
and you can the look the more infos at the below links.

Inside SSH-2 (SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide)
The SSH-2 protocol is more flexible: the server informs the client which authentication methods are usable at any point in the exchange, 
as opposed to just once at the beginning of the connection, as in SSH-1. 

Thus, an SSH-2 server can, for example, decide to disallow public-key authentication after two unsuccessful attempts 
but still continue allowing the password method only. 
One use of this feature is interesting to note. 

SSH-2 clients usually first make an authentication request using a special method, "none." 
It always fails and returns the real authentication methods permitted by the server. 
If you see puzzling references in the SSH logs indicating that the method "none" has "failed," now you know what's going on (and it's normal).

and like same your issue, you can get the some infos.

# 7  
Old 05-23-2014
Thanks for the reply, but from that other issue that you posted, I got to know that this is a default behavior. But it does not says how to avoid using "none" authentication method.

I tried with the NoneAuthentication option and it says it is not supported.
command-line: line 0: Bad configuration option: NoneAuthentication
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