Re: 3.1p2 allows Password Auth

From: Darren Tucker (
Date: 11/17/03

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    Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:26:11 +1100
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    Asif Iqbal wrote:
    > I am using openssh 3.7.1p2 with Darren Tucker's password expiration patch.
    > I noticed in my config file if I have the following two entries
    > PasswordAuthentication yes
    > UsePAM yes
    > you can bypass the PAM authentication (via challenge-response) by hitting enter
    > couple times at the login prompt and then it switches to password authentication.
    > Then you can login with your local password
    > I am using pam_radius_auth
    > Is it normal ? Am I doing something wrong ? OR is it a question for the
    > pam_radius_auth's author ?

    That's normal for the configuration you've currently got. If you're using
    PAM (which now uses keyboard-interactive) you don't want to allow password
    authentication you should disable it.

    It's mentioned in the sshd_config man page:

    UsePAM Enables PAM authentication (via challenge-response) and
      session set up. If you enable this, you should probably disable
      PasswordAuthentication. If you enable then you will not be able
      to run sshd as a non-root user. The default is ``no''.

    Darren Tucker (dtucker at
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