Re-enabling passphrase request
From: Rich Shepard (rshepard_at_appl-ecosys.com)
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 12:48:56 -0800 (PST) To: email@example.com
I've been using openssh-2 for a while now; all the systems are
Slackware-10.0. Up until a few months ago I was asked for my passphrase when
initiating a session to another host. If I pressed the [Enter] key I was
then asked for my password. Now, however, I'm not asked for my passphrase at
This is fine when I'm in the office and connecting to the other
workstation or a portable. But, when I'm away from the office I would prefer
to use my passphrase from the laptop back to the office network.
On all hosts, /etc/ssh/sshd_config has "PubkeyAuthentication yes" and
~/.ssh/known_hosts has the public key for each of the other hosts. In
~/.ssh/known_hosts I do have a mix of ssh-rsa and ssh-dss; the former left
over from ssh-1 days. Can this be part of the problem?
I cannot figure out why I am no longer asked for my passphrase, even when
initiating the session as "ssh -2", nor how to fix it. My reading and google
searches haven't given me a clue. Do I need to start over and regenerate
keys? I'd greatly appreciate a clue.
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