This question, in different forms, has been asked hundreds of times, and the answers are always similar - I agree with them in general case, but still would like to ask it again as my case is a bit different.
My workflow involves interaction over SSH with various devices manufactured by company I work in and I would like my SSH client to:
- Remember the password for a host once I successfully login
- Do not require me to manually delete entries from known-hosts file in case host identification changed.
The devices are always in an isolated, local network without internet access. I cannot use key-based authentication since these devices have no persistent storage (keys will not survive a reboot). I'd also like to use the same PC to access hardware in different setups - IPs and passwords are the same, but hosts IDs are different.
Regular, OpenSSH client is painful in this scenario - while I understand that's because of the security I'd like to voluntarily opt out of it.
Is this somehow possible without forking OpenSSH and making these changes by myself?