Wed Apr 16 19:44:05 UTC 2008
Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>

On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Chris Geldenhuis
<chris.gelden at iafrica.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>  I am trying to set up an automatic connection between CentOS 4 system
> (server) and a CentOS 5 DomU VM (client) via ssh to enable my to back up
> development files on the server to the client with a cron process.
>  I generate they key pair without a pass phrase on the client and copy the
> public key to the same user's .ssh directory on the server as
> authorized_keys2.
>  When I try to ssh to the Server from the Client, I am still asked for the
> user's password on the client.
>  If I do the same with CentOS 5 for both Client and Server, I can login
> without providing a password.
>  The versions of ssh on the two systems are:
>  Client (CentOS 5):   OpenSSH_4.3p2, OpenSSL 0.9.8b 04 May 2006
>  Server (CentOS 4):   OpenSSH_3.9p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7a Feb 19 2003
>  Does anyone on the list know whether these versions are compatible or how
> to get them to work together without requiring a password.
>  It is not an option to change to CentOS5 on the server side as that system
> is serving as a development system for a client running RedHat ES 4 and has
> to have the identical configuration and be binary compatible.

I know this works between the entire CentOS family. The main problems
I have seen are that the users home directory or .ssh permissions are
not secure enough for ssh to do its thing.

ssh -v -v -v will tell you more than you want on where it is having
problems.. but the quick fix I use are the following:

su - root
chown $user $user_homedir # fill in $user and $user_home correctly as
in dude and /nfs/home/d/dude
chmod 0750 $user_homedir
chown $user $user_homedir/.ssh
chmod 0700 $user_homedir/.ssh
chmod 0600 $user_homedir/.ssh/authorized_keys

If that doesn't fix the problem the -v -v -v will tel what else might
be the cause.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
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in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"