My requirement is simple. I have generated a SSH key-pair (Public and Private) on a server say "A". Now I have uploaded my Public SSH key in AWS IAM and have generated a SSH key ID to connect to a CodeCommit Repository via SSH. In server "A" after updating the ".ssh/config" with the values of SSH-Key ID and path to the private key file I should be able to connect to the repository successfully and I was also able to do this. Now my requirement is when I try to connect to repository from another server say "B" (Private key has been trasnfered to the server and the .ssh/config file also update as same as in server "A") I should not be able to connnect i.e, the key pair should work only in the server it is generated and not allow connection from any other server. Is this possible? I was not able to find anything solid after googling.

  • @drewbenn Just a security measure. Even if one of my developers with access to the repository makes his key public, no one else should be able to access the repo
    – vishal
    Jul 19 '19 at 10:11

You can, if the remote uses the usual authorized_keys files.

The sshd(8) man page describes the authorized_keys file format. There are a number of options that can be used in the file, one of them is this:


Specifies that in addition to public key authentication, either the canonical name of the remote host or its IP address must be present in the comma-separated list of patterns. See PATTERNS in ssh_config(5) for more information on patterns.

So, a line like this would only allow access from hosta.example.org:

from="hosta.example.org" ssh-rsa AAAA...== user@example.org

Though I'm not sure why you wouldn't just create distinct keys for the two client hosts A and B. That would make it very easy to control which host has access where — the keys would be tied to the hosts.

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    Correct me If I'm wrong. From my understanding I have to add this "from=....." in front of the private key's content present in ".ssh/authorized_keys"
    – vishal
    Jul 18 '19 at 10:58
  • @vishal.k, yes, at the start of the line, before the type (ssh-rsa, ssh-ed25519, ecdsa-sha2-nistp256 or what have you).
    – ilkkachu
    Jul 18 '19 at 16:38
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    @vishal.k Just a small correction: authorized_keys contains the public keys, not the private keys.
    – Panki
    Jul 19 '19 at 8:44

This is not possible as you added the private key to server's B ssh config. However, you can restrict access to the A server by other means, e.g. firewall rule allowing ssh connection only from one IP.

  • Note that there is no need to add the file to the config if it is placed in the correct directory (~/.ssh)
    – Panki
    Jul 18 '19 at 10:08
  • By config I meant proper directory.
    – flanker12X
    Jul 18 '19 at 10:29
  • Guess you guys should check out the below answer from ilkkachu
    – vishal
    Jul 18 '19 at 11:00

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