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My sftp -v to host returns,

Connecting to xxx.xx.xx.xx...
OpenSSH_3.9p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7a Feb 19 2003
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to xxx.xx.xx.xx [xxx.xx.xx.xx] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0
debug1: identity file /root/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
debug1: identity file /root/.ssh/id_dsa type 2
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_3.9p1
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-cbc hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-cbc 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 'xxx.xx.xx.xx' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /root/.ssh/known_hosts:63
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,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering public key: /root/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Offering public key: /root/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: keyboard-interactive
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: password
user@xxx.xx.xx.xx's password:
debug1: Authentication succeeded (password).
debug1: channel 0: new [client-session]
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug1: channel 0: free: client-session, nchannels 1
debug1: fd 0 clearing O_NONBLOCK
Read from remote host xxx.xx.xx.xx: Connection reset by peer
debug1: Transferred: stdin 0, stdout 0, stderr 61 bytes in 0.0 seconds
debug1: Bytes per second: stdin 0.0, stdout 0.0, stderr 60334.5
debug1: Exit status -1

This only occurs with this user. I created a test user which works and other existing users don't have and issue (well no reported issues by users).

Kindly advise on resolution. Thanks.

marked as duplicate by Jakuje, MelBurslan, slm linux Apr 8 '16 at 14:20

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  • Does "su - user" happily work on the remote server ? – steve Apr 7 '16 at 20:42
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    @Steve yes it does. – jasmaar Apr 7 '16 at 20:50
  • OpenSSH_3.9p1? Where did you find such old version? You should update to something more recent. Now we ship OpenSSH-7.2p2`! – Jakuje Apr 8 '16 at 11:32
  • @Jakuje unable to upgrade on Rhel 5.3 (Beta). – jasmaar Apr 8 '16 at 13:05
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Answer by narcisgarcia @ http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1482005 solved my problem.

Summary: "Owner of the destination directory must be "root", and group/other users cannot have write permissions."

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