ssh-agent is a single sign-on mechanism for SSH that is included in the OpenSSH software. Use this tag for questions on how to configure and use ssh-agent.

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Using lftp with ssh-agent

I have a script that logs into sftp server eval `ssh-agent -s` ssh-add /home/<username>/.ssh/id_rsa sftp <username>@<target> This works, but I would like to get only files that ...
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How to get asked for SSH key passphrase once and only when needed?

(I have read many of the questions on this site that look related and I believe this is a genuinely new question.) I have lots of keys on lots of servers and they're all protected with passphrases. ...
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Can ssh (agent) work with two separate identities? [duplicate]

I use an Ubuntu 14.10 distribution, and two private keys, one encrypted (~/.ssh/E.key), and one not encrypted (~/.ssh/NE.key), which I use for accessing two github repositories, respectively, repoE ...
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Why is my SSH authentication socket different from the man pages?

These two entries of man ssh-agent describe the SSH authentication socket: $TMPDIR/ssh-XXXXXXXXXX/agent.<ppid> UNIX-domain sockets used to contain the connection to the authentication ...
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SSH password requested when in Tmux

When I connect to my remote machine I do authenticate using a rsa key (I think is rsa, don't remember). If I do ssh from a regular shell I get logged on the machine without a password. However if I ...
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Is there a way to specify the list of private keys to add to ssh-agent?

After a few hours of digging, I finally found out why my computer stopped asking me for my key(s) using gnome ssh-askpass. It was very simple, but took me forever to figure out because... well... most ...
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monkeysphere to gnupg 2.1 workflow change

So, like many people, I was using my GPG key for SSH authentication with the help of monkeysphere, so I could load my private key to agent with monkeysphere s command and be free to connect anywhere I ...
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How to save an SSH key passphrase in gnome-keyring?

I want to save an SSH key passphrase in gnome-keyring and then use it automatically when I need it. How to do this?
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Use git pull via ssh command invoke

When I log in to my server via SSH, I am able to use git over ssh (private repository): user@local:~$ ssh example.com Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 2.6.32-042stab083.2 i686) * ...
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Cron job not behaving as expected

So I have a python script that pulls down git/svn/p4 repositories and does some writing to a database. I'm simply trying to automate the running of this script and based from what I see in syslog it ...
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Keychain SSH Key Manager prevents SFTP login on CentOS

I installed keychain and added this to my .bashrc in CentOs to help manage my SSH Keys: /usr/bin/keychain --clear $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa source $HOME/.keychain/$HOSTNAME-sh So on SSH login I am prompted ...
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How do I stop ssh-agent trying all keys with agent forwarding?

Often I'll connect via SSH to VM instances to deploy code from private Bitbucket repositories, cloning repositories via git over SSH. Today I was getting the error: conq: repository access denied. ...
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How can I run ssh-add on demand? Can it act as SSH_ASKPASS?

I want to ssh from user@local to user@remote several times per day with an encrypted SSH key, a situation which ssh-agent handles with a good trade-off between security and usability. I'd also like ...
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How to use private-key to setup password-less ssh on new machine

I have one machine say "source1" and there is passwordless ssh already set to more than 100 server say remote1,remote2 ...remote100. Now I need to set similar setup of passwordless ssh on another ...
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Accidentally garbled a bunch of file names in /tmp… ssh keys asking for passwords

I accidentally garbled the file names of the contents of my /tmp directory (don't ask) to the point where they're not recoverable. Since doing so, I'm always asked for the password to my ssh keys ...
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SSH Agent Forwarding on server

I'm struggling with the concept of SSH Agent Forwarding. This is what I've done so far: Create default identity local (ssh-keygen) Install the public key on bitbucket Now I want to connect to a ...
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Why ssh-agent group ownership is not root

Trying to understand why ssh-agent has sgid bit and found this post ssh-agent has sgid I have another question, why the group ownership of ssh-agent is nobody not root? What is the reason behind it? ...
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ssh-add in not persistent between reboots

I add a ssh key to the agent by $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_mac Identity added: /Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac (/Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac) After reboot I don't have this key added anymore: $ ssh-add -l ...
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Why do I need to insert the passphrase for an RSA key on a remote host after SSH?

From host B I can SSH various other hosts (C, D) without using any password as I put the public key in the correspondent authorized_keys files (in hosts C and D). From host A I can SSH host B (via ...
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Have ssh-add be quiet if key already there

I want to put ssh-add /path/to/special_key at the top of a script. This works fine, but it always prompts for the passphrase. This is strange, and a little annoying, as it still asks for the ...
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How do I get ssh-agent to work in all terminals?

I have set up automatic (password less) ssh login to some servers using ssh-copy-id. ssh-agent works only from the terminal where it was run. How do I get ssh-add to work in all my terminals? ...
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SSH Agent-Forwarding works, but what about sudo -u username no shell/ permissions? composer

Working on a remote server (A) I want to use my local SSH-Keys to access a repository on another server (B) that is not controlled by me. Generally this works like a charm. I log in as myUsername ...
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ssh-agent on CentOS 6.5 keeps “disabling” itself

I recently installed git on my CentOS 6.5 system. During the process I setup a key/pair for GitHub so I don't have to enter a password for every git process. I did this by adding the rsa file to ...
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ssh-agent not adding key when started graphically

Recently I added the following script to my auto-start (in KDE): eval `ssh-agent` ssh-add The script should be started at login and ask for my passphrase and load my secret key. It does almost ...
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using ssh-agent

I have my desktop in the office. When X starts, ssh-agent starts automatically. I have to add my SSH key once, at the beginning, and then I can use ssh without having to enter my password each time. ...
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Too many keys being added to ssh-agent in CentOS6 - how can I stop this?

I was trying to debug an ssh problem Too many authentication failures, and find with ssh -vv that ssh is presenting lots of keys before falling back to try a password. On investigation I find that ...
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Configuring the default timeout for the SSH agent

I use ssh-add to add my SSH keys to the SSH agent. By default, it adds them indefinitely. There's a command-line option to specify a timeout, but is there a configuration file option which will ...
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SSH agent forwarding, multiple hop

I tested this setup with Linux origin machine - everything is the same - only the first hop can use keys from origin machine. Initial problem I'm trying to set up SSH agent forwarding with multiple ...
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Is there a way to check a users SSH key to see if the passphrase is blank

I'm looking to lock down our Solaris 10, RHEL 5, and SLES 11.2 servers. It has come to my attention that some of the users have no passphrase for their SSH keys. Is there a way I can check for this ...
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Double port forwarding - SSH

NOTE: I'm not explaining why I want to do this. But here is the requirement. There are 4 hosts. Host A, Host B, Host C, Host D Host A is running some application which can be accessed at port 8001 ...
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How would I detect a non-login shell? (In Zsh)

I want to create a script that runs when a Zsh instance starts, but only if the instance is: Non-login. Interactive I think I'm right to say .zshrc runs for all interactive shell instances, ...
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Translate GNU ps flags to standard flags

I'm using oh-my-zsh and its ssh-agent plugin on OSX, but lately somebody upstream decided to use ps x. I'm not entirely sure what that even does, since I haven't used a GNU userland in something close ...
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How can I run ssh-add automatically, without password prompt?

I want to communicate between several computers on my network (static ethernet), through ssh. In order to do that I need to run ssh-add every time I login on specific machine, how can I do it so that ...
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ssh-agent not getting set up (SSH_AUTH_SOCK, SSH_AGENT_PID env vars not set)

I set up a new user account for a friend on Kubuntu 12.04. When he uses ssh he gets this error: Could not open a connection to your authentication agent We're running ssh in some bash scripts. ...
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Executing 'ssh-add -D' from a cron job doesn't work

I've set up an openSSH server on an ubuntu-server machine, and I configured it to use public/private key (without password). I want to require both password and key check when the client connects to ...
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SSH from osx to osx and then use agent

I have a mac at home and a mac at work. The work mac is setup for ssh to all work related servers. Sometimes I have to connect from my home mac and access the servers which are setup on my work mac. ...
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ssh-agent: How to set it up so my CentOS server will only ask for passphrase once?

On my Macbook, my SSH private key is encrypted, but I never have to re-enter the passphrase even if I reboot the machine. The system must be unlocking it along with my user account. Is it possible ...
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Reverse ssh-agent forwarding and unlocking remote keys with your local keys

So the following two things should both be possible to do with ssh the question is just how difficult they would be and I'm hoping someone can give me an easy answer. 1) Suppose I have several ...
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SSH Agent does not work with pkcs8 private key

I did encrypt my private key using openssl pkcs8 -topk8 -in id_rsa -out id_rsa_new -v2 des3 (http://martin.kleppmann.com/2013/05/24/improving-security-of-ssh-private-keys.html) But now, ssh-agent ...
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How to prevent ssh-agent from starting in CentOS?

How do I stop ssh-agent from starting when logging into CentOS via openssh? There are no references to ssh-agent in my bash startup scripts (.bashrc) or /etc/bashrc.
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Is there a way to maintain ssh-agent connectivity in different screens?

Whenever I use ssh-agent for passwordless logins it doesn't work across different logins and screen sessions, even if they are concurrent. I suspect it uses some shell variables that don't work ...
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Automatically unlock keys on a remote host accessed via SSH

On my local PC my ssh keys are automatically unlocked on login. From there I access via ssh (with key authentication) a server that have stored the same keys I have in the client. I'd like to unlock ...
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How can I silence ssh-agent?

I have a script like this one at my .bashrc file at the mysuer home: eval `ssh-agent` ssh-add /path/to/my/key The problem is I have this output when I log with the user mysuer (su - myuser): Agent ...
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ssh-agent: don't forward authentication for the whole keyring

I have two private ssh keys : one to access my personnal machines, one to access servers at my job. I add those two keys to my ssh-agent with ssh-add. Now, when I do ssh -A root@jobsrv I ...
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Must I store a private key in a file?

I have a db-driven application that needs to communicate with another server via ssh. The web app can generate a keypair and give the user the pubkey, or it can accept the unencrypted private key in a ...
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The keys work from config but not from ssh-add

Ssh keys work fine, if indicated in ./ssh/config but if i try $ssh-add mykey Could not open a connection to your authentication agent even with ssh-add -l give the same result
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Remote shell script Enter passphrase for

How can I run a script to log into a remote server and execute a remote ssh command without entering in my passphrase? For example: When I log onto a remote server and execute the git pull command I ...
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How to list keys added to ssh-agent with ssh-add?

How and where can I check what keys have been added with ssh-add to my ssh-agent ?
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How is ssh-agent being autostarted?

I am currently running Crunchbang Linux with Openbox, and as soon as I log in I have an ssh-agent process running and I can't for the life of me figure why it is being autostarted. Here is the ...
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Can SSH-Agent work from a remote bash script?

Server A needs to connect over svn+ssh to Server B to grab some source files for deploying on Server A. My deployment script runs from my local dev machine via: ssh serverA 'bash -s' < deploy.sh ...