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I was using scp to transfer files from server A to B (both CentOS with WHM and their usernames are equal).

 nohup scp -rpC xaa2 username@serverIPB:xaa2

I did it many times and then, suddenly, it stopped working!! I tried sending from B to A and it worked, also I am sure the password I am tiping is correct.

If I run scp -v text.txt username@mydomainB.com: I get this:

Executing: program /usr/bin/ssh host mydomainB.com, user username, command scp -v -t .
OpenSSH_5.3p1, OpenSSL 1.0.1e-fips 11 Feb 2013
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to mydomainB.com [serverIPB] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/identity type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/identity-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_ecdsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/username/.ssh/id_ecdsa-cert type -1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_5.3
debug1: match: OpenSSH_5.3 pat OpenSSH*
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.3
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST(1024<1024<8192) sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_GROUP
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_INIT sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY
debug1: Host 'mydomainB.com' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /home/username/.ssh/known_hosts:5
debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,password
debug1: Next authentication method: gssapi-keyex
debug1: No valid Key exchange context
debug1: Next authentication method: gssapi-with-mic
debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
Credentials cache file '/tmp/krb5cc_501' not found

debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
Credentials cache file '/tmp/krb5cc_501' not found

debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information    

debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
Credentials cache file '/tmp/krb5cc_501' not found

debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /home/comdinhe/.ssh/identity
debug1: Trying private key: /home/comdinhe/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/comdinhe/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Trying private key: /home/comdinhe/.ssh/id_ecdsa
debug1: Next authentication method: password
comdinhe@comdinheiro.com's password: 
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,password
Permission denied, please try again.

I have already read these pages:

Link 1: public key authentication fails ONLY when sshd is daemon

Link 2: ssh login successful, but scp password gives me “Permission denied”

Link 3: “Permission denied, try again” while transferring files with scp

Link 4: Transfer files using scp: permission denied

Link 5: scp copy over ssh doesn't work - permission denied error, please?

Although the problem seems similar, there is many reasons why this problem occurs. I tried:

  • Executing command with sudo: same problem
  • Executing ssh -v username@mydomainB.com : same problem
  • username own the directory target
  • there is not a file with the same name in the target directory

What bugs me the most is that it was working and stopped. ServerB is a new server, and I had already had the same issue using a serverC to send files to server B. It seems after some time it just blocks the access.

EDIT: I tried to pick logs before and after it stopped working (/var/log/secure):

Mar 18 02:26:11 localhost sshd[56154]: Accepted password for username from ServerA_IP port 42219 ssh2
Mar 18 02:26:11 localhost sshd[56154]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session opened for user username by (uid=0)
Mar 18 02:32:57 localhost sshd[56363]: Connection closed by 115.239.228.16 <---- chinese IP
Mar 18 02:34:12 localhost sshd[56161]: Received disconnect from ServerA_IP: 11: disconnected by user
Mar 18 02:34:12 localhost sshd[56154]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session closed for user username
Mar 18 03:00:20 localhost sshd[58424]: Connection closed by 115.239.228.6 <---- chinese IP
Mar 18 03:21:35 localhost sshd[58922]: Accepted password for username from ServerA_IP port 42260 ssh2
Mar 18 03:21:35 localhost sshd[58922]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session opened for user username by (uid=0)

/**** lots of brute force attack from strangers*****/

Mar 18 05:18:01 localhost sshd[64459]: Failed password for username from ServerA_IP port 42362 ssh2
Mar 18 05:18:17 localhost sshd[64459]: Failed password for username from ServerA_IP port 42362 ssh2
Mar 18 05:18:17 localhost sshd[64462]: Connection closed by ServerA_IP
Mar 18 05:20:58 localhost sshd[64641]: Failed password for username from ServerA_IP port 42370 ssh2
Mar 18 05:21:01 localhost sshd[64644]: Connection closed by ServerA_IP
Mar 18 05:21:41 localhost sshd[64654]: Failed password for username from ServerA_IP port 42371 ssh2
Mar 18 05:21:43 localhost sshd[64657]: Connection closed by ServerA_IP
  • Do you have selinux enabled on machine B? If you have try: restorecon -R ~/.ssh – taliezin Mar 18 '15 at 19:09
  • I ran sestatus and saw SELinux is disabled. (although I tried your code, and had no success). – carla Mar 18 '15 at 19:13
  • The above was from this bug Can you check fingerprints of keys: ssh-keygen -l -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa and ssh-keygen -l -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ? – taliezin Mar 18 '15 at 19:24
  • I have never created keys for ssh access. Anyway, in my server A I have two files in my ~/.ssh/ directory (authorized_keys2 that is empty and known_hosts that seems to have info about my server B); my server B doesn't have a ~/.ssh/ directory. – carla Mar 18 '15 at 19:51
  • Whats the main output before the scp or ssh? – tachomi Mar 18 '15 at 19:56

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