[CentOS] Problem with SSHD update.

Mário Barbosa mplbarbosa at clix.pt
Mon Sep 13 12:46:16 EDT 2010

James B. Byrne wrote:
> This morning I applied the 13 or so new updates to my servers.  On
> one of them the ssh service and clients stopped working immediately
> after the update.  I restarted the server in anticipation that there
> might be some instability introduced by updating on a system with
> active ssh connections.  However, this has not cleared the problem.
> The packages in question are:
>   openssh.i386         0:4.3p2-41.el5_5.1
>   openssh-askpass.i386 0:4.3p2-41.el5_5.1
>   openssh-clients.i386 0:4.3p2-41.el5_5.1
>   openssh-server.i386  0:4.3p2-41.el5_5.1
> The error I am getting when attempting to start the sshd service is
> this:
> Starting sshd: Auto configuration failed
> 6486:error:0E065068:configuration file routines:STR_COPY:variable
> has no value:conf_def.c:629:line 207

[ What I'm about to write is just the result of a google search. 
Nevertheless, it may help ]

Searching google for "configuration file routines:STR_COPY:variable
has no value:conf_def.c" seems to point at openssl as the culprit 
(mainly, something wrong with pkcs11 and cert "handshaking": the message 
apears associated with in certain bind9 and openvpn similar crashes). 
Are you sure nothing tanked on this package at the time of this 
machine's upgrade (see Joseph L. Casale's sugestion) ?


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