Can login using root password, but not remotely with SSH

Daniel Bye freebsd-questions at
Mon Oct 22 10:43:04 PDT 2007

On Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 02:21:04AM -0500, W. D. wrote:
> Brand new install of FreeBSD 6.2.  Can't log in with PuTTY.
> Remote PuTTY:
> Access denied Using keyboard-interactive authentication. 
> At computer terminal:
> PAM authentication error for root from 192.168.XXX.XXX 
> Any ideas?

Default behaviour in FreeBSD is for SSH to disallow root login.
You can change that in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, but it's probably not a 
good idea. The sshd_config man page will tell you how, if you really 
want to.


Daniel Bye
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