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# 1  
Old 12-15-2010
SSH Public key Authentication Issue

Hi All;

I have an issue with password less authentication via ssh ( v2)

I have two servers Server A and Server B, following are the server details


Code:
Server A 

OS - HP UX B.11.11 U 9000/800
SSH - OpenSSH_4.3p2-hpn, OpenSSL 0.9.7i 14 Oct 2005
HP-UX Secure Shell-A.04.30.000, HP-UX Secure Shell version


Server B 

OS - Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 3)
SSH -OpenSSH_3.9p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7a Feb 19 2003

I have copied the public keys across both the servers and pasted them in authorized_keys file. Following are the things i have checked

a] .ssh -- direcotry permission is set to 700 on both boxes
b] authorized_keys file is 640 in terms of permission

The issue is I m able to connect to Server A from Server B as user xyz ( whose keys have been exchanged for paswordless auth) .When I try the same from Server B to Server A I fail and it prompts me for a password.

Following is the debug log

Code:
ssh -v ServerA
OpenSSH_3.9p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7a Feb 19 2003
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to ServerA [xx.xx.xx.xx] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/xyz/.ssh/identity type -1
debug1: identity file /home/xyz/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
debug1: identity file /home/xyz/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_4.3p2-hpn
debug1: match: OpenSSH_4.3p2-hpn pat OpenSSH*
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_3.9p1
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-cbc hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-cbc hmac-md5 none
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST(1024<1024<8192) sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_GROUP
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_INIT sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY
debug1: Host 'uxcati02' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /home/xyz/.ssh/known_hosts:2
debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /home/xyz/.ssh/identity
debug1: Offering public key: /home/xyz/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Trying private key: /home/xyz/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Next authentication method: keyboard-interactive
Password:

Any ideas

Thanks
Syed
# 2  
Old 12-15-2010
I think that is the wrong permissions for the dirs, but I am between ssh's. I recall having very specific permissions for both the files and the dirs. Once I get it right using "ssh2 localhost pwd", then I "scp2 -rpd .ssh* remote:.", and everything works there that works here except, ironically enough, localhost and 127.0.0.1, as the local key is changed, but it tells you what line to remove/update.

http://prefetch.net/blog/index.php/2...missions-bite/
# 3  
Old 12-20-2010
Issue is now resolved

Finally the issue is now resolved.It was a permissions issue.I noticed later that home directories of the users having issues for some reason were globally writable.I realized it when I initialed a strace. I have changed the permissions to 700 and it works as a charmSmilie.

Thank you all for your valuable time and feedback
Syed
# 4  
Old 12-20-2010
Yeah, the fussy permissions without a warning message thing is a bear!
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