[CentOS] SSH using Keys, no password and SFTP?

Sun May 8 17:48:11 UTC 2011
Jason <slackmoehrle.lists at gmail.com>

Hi Devin,

My Fetch FTP software allows me to use SFTP, but it asks for a password. Maybe I need to leave it blank as a test and see if it uses my key against the server automatically. Maybe it does something behind the scenes I am not aware of.


On Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM, Devin Reade wrote: 
> Jason <slackmoehrle.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have setup (and it was so easy) using SSH with keys instead of password authentication. I want to turn password authentication off completely.
> > 
> > What I dont understand is how SFTP would work them. I dont see any settings in my FTP clients to use SFTP without providing a password.
> Don't confuse sftp with ftp. They're two different protcols, albiet with
> similar purposes.
> If your users can log in with ssh using key pairs, then they can sftp and
> scp with them, too.
> ftp, otoh, does not understand ssh key pairs so if you turn off password
> auth there then regular users can't log in with that protocol at all.
> IMO though, the only kind of cleartext ftp that should be offered is 
> anonymous ftp anyway. ssh/sftp/scp have been out there long enough
> that even windows users can use them now as long as you provide them
> (or poitn them to) a suitable client.
> Devin
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