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Old 09-26-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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ssh behaves different for root and users


some time ago, I set up a dsa keypair not to need to enter my password everytime I ssh to my server.

this has worked fine and troublefree ever since.

today I tried to do the same for the regular user I use, in order not to need to log in as root to connect first (to avoid entering my root passwd - I'm lazy)

so I generated my key pair, copied it on both machines in ~/.ssh/, copied to authorized_keys, and tried to login. I get the following problems:

- my password is still required
- /etc/motd is displayed (it's not when I log in as root)
- ~/.bashrc is not executed. if after login I su username, .bashrc is executed fine.

how come? I checked the permissions of /home/username/.ssh/ and its contents with those of /root/.ssh/, they are the same, but I guess the problem has to do with the sshd config (since I get /etc/motd at login)

any clue someone?
Old 11-20-2004, 07:09 AM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
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Distribution: Debian
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It is actually due to an SSH limitation

when user directories are group-writeable, ssh refuses to use the keys in /home/*/.ssh/

that's all


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