[SOLVED] Help please: how to enable SSH password authentication under FreeBSD 6.2? Solved - but not in an expected way

Alex Zbyslaw xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Tue Feb 13 16:19:29 UTC 2007

Olaf Greve wrote:

> The issue is that PuTTY does not fall back from its SSH2 attempt to 
> SSH1 (with password authentication), as is what I specified in my 
> /etc/ssh/sshd_config
> Is this what you tried too, or did you use SSH2 (i.e. key 
> authentication, instead of password authentication)?

Unless I misunderstand, then you have a serious misapprehension.  SSH1 
versus SSH2 is *nothing* to do with keys versus passwords.  Both SSH1 
and SSH2 support password or key based authentication.  The difference 
is that SSH1 an older protocol and is *insecure* and no-one should still 
be using it unless they have some legacy app which really cannot be updated.

I strongly suggest that at the very least you enable SSH2 as the first 
protocol in sshd_config with a line like

Protocol 2,1

though from what I can see, SSH2 only has been the default for a while, 
and rightly so.


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