Problem about ssh client connection

Michael Ross michael.ross at
Mon Mar 17 15:00:50 UTC 2008

Am Mon, 17 Mar 2008 13:43:17 +0100 schrieb "roberto giovoni"
<r.giovoni at>:

> I have an ssh process running on unix_bsd based server.
> Normally to connect remotly to this server I use a putty
> terminal (running on windows XP client).
> Now I have the following problem:
> when I open a client terminal connection (with a putty terminal)
> the message "login as: " is normally displaied.
> After I insert my login usermane followed from return key press.
> I wait for "password:" message request but it isn't displayed.
> Moreover after about 1 minute the putty terminal session is
> automatically closed.
> On server site the following message is displaied:
> "fatal: Timeout before authentication for"
> where is client IP address.
> Can someone help me to understand what' s happen?

Could be a hostname lookup failure.
I had a similiar problem long time back. If I remember correctly, adding the
WinXP client's hostname to /etc/hosts on the BSD machine fixed it.


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