SSH with Public Key Authentication (Was: Re: Attention: Giorgos Keramidas (Was: CVS Import Permissions))

Micah micahjon at
Wed Feb 1 17:00:04 PST 2006

david bryce wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Feb 2006 01:04:19 +0100, "Daniel A." <ldrada at> said:
>>> Thanks again for taking the time to reply. I have tried using SSH in
>>> the past, and got stuck setting up the public key login (that's
>>> why we're using pserver).
>>> I spent a few hours yesterday trying to get SSH going again. I can
>>> login with SSH from the windows machine using Putty, but only when
>>> I use password authentication. In order to use cvs with ssh (using
>>> the plink program in Putty), we must use public key authentication.
>>> We are getting a 'Key Refused' error when trying to use public key
>>> authentication. I have tried doing several things including editing
>>> the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file:
>> Try one or more of the following things:
>> - Use puttygen to import your private key, and then export as .ppk
>> - Load your key.ppk into pageant, and let it manage your private key(s)
>> - Log in using your private key from the server (ie. login to the
>> server with your password, and then from the shell ssh
>> username at localhost).
>> Please inform me of your results.
> Daniel,
> Thank you for taking the time to reply.
> We are currently using pageant to manage the private key. However,
> the keys we are using are generated with puttygen (not from the
> server). The public key was then copied to the authorized_keys
> file on the server. Would you recommend generating the keys on
> the server? Do you have an idea where are some instructions 
> about how to generate the keys on the server? Thanks!
> Regards,
> DB

Out of curiosity did you use "save public key" or copy and paste out of 
the "public key for pasting in openssh authorized_keys file" box?  If I 
remember correctly, the "save public key" does not produce an openssh 
compatible public key.  Doing the copy and paste routine should work.


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