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Re: [vox-tech] How can I configure SSH for passwordless auth?
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Re: [vox-tech] How can I configure SSH for passwordless auth?



On Thu, Nov 14, 2002 at 12:26:40PM -0800, Ken Bloom wrote:
> I'd like to be able to login to my account in the CSIF lab with the 
> standard DSA or RSA mechanism in SSH so that I don't have to enter a 
> password when I log in. I've tried following the directions on the ssh 
> manpage, and the ssh-agent manpage to no avail. 
> 
> Can someone give me directions how to configure this? My username is the 
> same on both systems, and my goal is to turn this into a bidirectional 
> process, so I can connect to CSIF from my computer or connect to my 
> computer from CSIF.

The CSIF uses commercial SSH, not OpenSSH. 

First, you'll need to convert your public key to SECSH format. 
"ssh-keygen -e -f public_key_file" is the tool for this job. 

Then, on the CSIF, create ".ssh2" in your $HOME, if it isn't already
there. Put your SECSH-format public key into $HOME/.ssh2/some_filename
and then put the line "key some_filename" into
$HOME/.ssh2/authorization. 

That'll get you set up for public-key authenticated logins to the CSIF.
Coming from the CSIF is largely the same process, but in reverse. 

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