So you can keep your old file: SSH Key Formats (Requires the SFTP module in EFT SMB/Express) EFT imports the PEM format, also called the SECSH Public Key File Format, and the OpenSSH format. That can be fixed by joining up the lines and removing the spaces or by recopying the key more carefully. Supported formats are: OpenSSH public key format (the format in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys) Base64 encoded DER format. If the private key is lost, then the public key should be erased as it is no longer of any use. Complicated programs like rsync(1), tar(1), mysqldump(1), and so on require an advanced approach when building a single-purpose key. Keys cannot be copied this way, but authentication is possible when there are incorrect permissions. If you want to enable key-based auth instead, you have to go through some additional steps to generate the keys and place them in the correct locations. However, if done with keys it is accomplished by putting the key file in an external directory where the user has read-only access, both to the directory and to the key file. Public key authentication is more secure than password authentication.   That means somewhere outside the actual home diretory which means sshd(8) needs to be configured appropriately to find the keys in that special location. For example, here is what ssh -v shows from one particular usage of rsync(1), note the "Sending command" line: That output can then be added to sudoers so that the key can do only that function. An example of private key format: Each format is illustrated below. It looks like this: [decoded-ssh-public-key]: So keep a proper backup schedule. In all four cases, an authentic key fingerprint can be acquired by any method where it is possible to verify the integrity and origin of the message, for example via PGP-signed e-mail. In all three cases where the key has changed there is only one thing to do: contact the system administrator and verify the key. Shorter keys are faster, but less secure. It must be set explicitly if it is to be used. Even though a host’s key is usually displayed for review the first time the SSH client tries to connect, it can also be fetched on demand at any time using ssh-keyscan(1): Once a key is acquired, its fingerprint can be shown using ssh-keygen(1). On accounts with an agent, ssh-add(1) can load private keys into an available agent. The first time connecting to a remote host, the key itself should be verified in order to ensure that the client is connecting to the right machine and not an imposter or anything else. The following uses a specific agent's pre-defined socket when connecting to two particular domains: The %d stands for the path to the home directory and the %i stands for the user id (UID) for the current account. Likewise the IdentitiesOnly directive can ensure that the relevant key is offered on the first try. Log in to the Windows computer with an admin-level account and launch PowerShell with admin privileges. [3] Another advantage is that the actual agent to which the user has authenticated does not go anywhere and is thus less susceptible to analysis. Authentication will simply progress to the next key or method. A private key file in the id_rsa or *.ppk format is used to authenticate with the servers. In some cases the %i token might also come in handy when setting the IdentityAgent option inside the configuration file. However, there is only limited b… ssh-agent(1) must use the -a option to name the socket: It can be launched manually or by a script or service manager. That creates a tunnel and stays connected despite a key configuration which would close an interactive session. 3) Get the keys to the right places. (i.e. It's structure is , where the part of the format is encoded with Base64. On the client side it is disabled by default and so it must be enabled explicitly. Under the illustrations is a procedure for creating a PEM key on a Linux computer.See also Creating an SSH Key Pair on EFT.. PEM format: Give the key a name (e.g., putty_key). With public key authentication, the authenticating entity has a public key and a private key. For them, the -v option can show exactly what is being passed to the server so that sudoers can be set up correctly. Transfer the identity_win.pub file using FTP to the SSH server in binary mode. It will be visible in the SSH_AUTH_SOCK environment variable if it is. This method still requires the private keys be available to the server [7] so that proofs can be completed. The correct syntax follows. It is possible to manually point to the right key using HostKeyAlias either as part of ssh_config(5) or as a runtime parameter. Lines starting with # and empty lines are ignored. You have to pass your public key in a proper format. Also since OpenSSH 6.8, the PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes directive can specify that certain key types are accepted. The user has a home directory in the Integrated File System. A better solution is to have a passphrase and work with an authentication agent in conjunction with a single-purpose key. The correct syntax follows. However, if the path to the UNIX-domain socket used to communicate with the authentication agent is decided in advance then the IdentityAgent option can point to it once the one-off agent[5] is actually launched. See the section on logging for a little more on that. Such methods rely mostly on ssh_config(5) but still require an independent method to launch an ephemeral agent. Type "Y" to allow the tools to be installed. Thereafter, the client will automatically check the agent for the key when appropriate. Example 16: How to Convert OpenSSH Key to SSH2 Key. Tailored single-purpose keys can eliminate use of remote root logins for many administrative activities. There is another public key file encoding and that is the OpenSSH encoding. Each line contains a public SSH key. This is useful when DHCP is not configured to try to keep the same addresses for the same machines over time or when using certain stdio forwarding methods to pass through intermediate hosts. The RevokedKeys configuration directive is not set in sshd_config(5) by default. If you take the key apart it's actually very simple and easy to convert. -p “Change the passphrase” This option allows changing the passphrase of a private key file with [-P old_passphrase] and [-N new_passphrase] , [-f keyfile] . Setting a special location for the keys opens up more possibilities as to how the keys can be managed and multiple key file locations can be specified if they are separated by whitespace. If many keys are in use for an account, it might be a good idea to add comments to them. Tunnels • If a server's key does not match what the client finds has been recorded in either the system's or the local account's authorized_keys files, then the client will issue a warning along with the fingerprint of the suspicious key. Install-Module -Force OpenSSHUtils 3. Remote Processes • The following key will only echo some text and then exit, unless used non-interactively with the -N option. Below ~/.ssh/config uses different keys for server versus server.example.org, regardless whether they resolve to the same machine. One risk with agents is that they can be re-used to tailgate in if the permissions allow it. By default the client will show the fingerprint if the key is not already found in the known_hosts register. Again, be careful when forwarding agents with which keys are in the forwarded agent. Multiplexing • It is also possible to remove individual identities from the agent using -d which will remove them one at a time by name, but only if the name is given. 2. Keys that have been revoked can be stored in /etc/ssh/revoked_keys, a file specified in sshd_config(5) using the directive RevokedKeys, so that sshd(8) will prevent attempts to log in with them. Put the following line in ssh_config(5) to enable agent forwarding for a particular server: On the server side the default configuration files allow authentication agent forwarding, so to use it, nothing needs to be done there, just on the client side. Note that using keys that lack a passphrase is very risky, so the key files should be very well protected and kept track of. When done right, it gives just enough access to get the job done, following the security principle of Least Privilege. There are six steps in preparation for key-based authentication: 1) Prepare the directories where the keys will stay. SSH public-key authentication uses asymmetric cryptographic algorithms to generate two key files – one "private" and the other "public". Multiple host names or IP addresses can use the same key in the known_hosts file by using pattern matching or simply by listing multiple systems for the same key. A Key Revocation List (KRL) is a compact, binary form of representing revoked keys and certificates. Because the key files can be named anything it is possible to have many keys each named for different services or tasks. The fastest way to do it is to have the gmp extension installed and, failing that, the slower bcmath extension. This comes with some risks but eliminates the need for using passwords or holding keys on any of these intermediate machines. If either the authorized_keys file or .ssh directory do not exist on either the remote machine or the .ssh directory on the remote machine, create them and set the permissions correctly. Then the AuthorizedKeysFile directive assigns where sshd(8) looks for the keys and can point to a secured location for the keys instead of the default location. Move the identity_win.pub file to the SSH server. Then the permissions there would allow the keys to be read but not written: The keys could even be in within subdirectories, though the same restrictions apply regarding permissions and ownership. For example Here is a key shared by three specific hosts, identified by name: Or a range can be specified by using globbing to a limited extent in either /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts or ~/.ssh/known_hosts. By default ssh-add(1) uses the agent connected via the socket named in the environment variable SSH_AUTH_SOCK, if it is set. Agent forwarding is one means of passing through one or more intermediate hosts. Logging and Troubleshooting • However, it is mainly SSH_AUTH_SOCK which is only ever used. Keys on the client or the server can be verified against known good keys by comparing the base64-encoded SHA256 fingerprints. ever us. Another partial solution would be to set up a user-accessible service at the operating system level and then use ssh_config for the rest. Sign on a system that is running V6R1 or higher. If a file exists with the name the public key should have, it had better be the public key itself or else the login attempt will fail. Another rather portable way is to rely on the client's configuration file for some of the settings. Out of that pair the public key must be properly stored on the remote host. The case which is rather rare but serious enough that it should be ruled out for sure is that the wrong machine is part of a man-in-the-middle attack. Rather than typing these out whenever the client is run, they can be added to ~/.ssh/config and thereby added automatically for designated host connections. Close the original SSH session only after verifying that the key-based authentication works. Corrupt or broken keys will not be loaded and will produce an error message if tried. Under the illustrations is a procedure for creating a PEM key on a Linux computer.See also Creating an SSH Key Pair on EFT.. PEM format: A comment can be added using the -C option. RSA keys are allowed to vary from 1024 bits on up. One way of allowing passwordless logins is to follow the steps above, but simply do not enter a passphrase when asked for one while creating the key. Currently, that is its only possibility. In public key cryptography, encryption and decryption are asymmetric. So the easy way in such situations on the client machine is to just rename or erase the old, problematic, public key and replace it with a new one generated from the existing private key. Public Key Authentication • OpenSSL to OpenSSH. The OpenSSH public key format¶ The public key saved by ssh-keygen is written in the so-called SSH-format, which is not a standard in the cryptography world. See the section on Proxies and Jump Hosts for how those methods are used. Usually this verification is done by comparing the fingerprint of the server's host key rather than trying to compare the whole key itself. The private key never leaves the client. The public key is the same as the PKCS#1 public key just encoded differently. Host-based Authentication • The previous post leaves off with SSH enabled and working with username and password authentication. Development SSH_AGENT_PID : the process id of the agent, SSH_AUTH_SOCK : the filename and full path to the unix-domain socket. The comment field at the end of the public key can also be useful in helping to keep the keys sorted, if you have many of them or use them infrequently. If the public key is lost, then a new one can be generated with the -y option, but not the other way around. See the section "TOKENS" in ssh_config(5) for more such abbreviations. File Transfer with SFTP • 1. SSH Key Formats (Requires the SFTP module in EFT SMB/Express) EFT imports the PEM format, also called the SECSH Public Key File Format, and the OpenSSH format. The alias sets up a new agent, then sets two client options while calling the client. But the default in new versions is SHA256 in base64 has a lower chance of collision. The configuration file gets parsed on a first-match basis. Most desktop environments launch an SSH agent automatically these days. My computer - a perfectly ordinary desktop PC - had over 4,000 attempts to guess my password and almost 2,500 break-in attempts in the last week alone. The option -i tells ssh(1) which private key to try. Partial Keys. The settings could be made to apply to all accounts by putting the directive in the main part of the server configuration file instead. If not, then it is necessary to either set the variables manually inside each shell or for each application in order to use the agent or else to point to the agent's socket using the directive IdentityAgent in the client's configuration file. While still logged in, use the client start another SSH session in a new window and try authenticating to the remote machine from the client using the private key. Convert the OpenSSH public key into the Tectia or SecSh format. The standard ssh2 file format (see http://www.openssh.org/txt/draft-ietf-secsh-publickeyfile-02.txt ) looks like this: ---- BEGIN SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ---- … Key pairs refer to the public and private key files that are used by certain authentication protocols. Alternatively, you can e-mail the identity_win.pub file to the administrators of the SSH server. The risks of agent forwarding can be mitigated by confirming each use of a key by adding the -c option when adding the key to the agent. Using the -N option disables running the remote program, allowing the connection to stay open, allowing a tunnel. However, the fingerprints still needs to be verified out of band. But for right now it may be requested when generating or saving existing keys of other types via the -o option in ssh-keygen(1). Here the key for machine Foobar is used to connect to host 192.168.11.15. Even though DSA keys can still be made, being exactly 1024 bits in size, they are no longer recommended and should be avoided. An entry will be made in the logs of the attempt, including the key's fingerprint. Utilities • Note that some output from ssh-keyscan(1) is sent to stderr instead of stdout. 4. The various SSH and SFTP clients find these variables automatically and use them to contact the agent and try when authentication is needed. Be sure to enter a sound passphrase to encrypt the private key using 128-bit AES. Then try logging in, but compare the key fingerprints first and proceed if and only if the key fingerprint matches what you received out of band. For example, nano(1) can be started with the -w option to prevent wrapping of long lines. 18 December 2019, [{"Product":{"code":"SWG60","label":"IBM i"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU054","label":"Systems w\/TPS"},"Component":"Communications-TCP","Platform":[{"code":"PF012","label":"IBM i"}],"Version":"Version Independent","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB08","label":"Cognitive Systems"}},{"Product":{"code":"SSC52E","label":"IBM i 7.1"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU054","label":"Systems w\/TPS"},"Component":" ","Platform":[{"code":"","label":""}],"Version":"","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"","label":""}},{"Product":{"code":"SSC3X7","label":"IBM i 6.1"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU054","label":"Systems w\/TPS"},"Component":" ","Platform":[{"code":"","label":""}],"Version":"","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"","label":""}}], Generating an OpenSSH Public Key and Converting it to the Tectia or SecSh Format. The keys are used in pairs, a public key to encrypt and a private key to decrypt. Changing the order of the arguments changes the order of the authentication methods. Patterns • Labs, computational clusters, and similar pools of machines can make use of keys in that way. When using encrypted home directories the keys must be stored in an unencrypted directory. The public key may be preceded by options that control what can be done with the key. IdentityAgent can also be set to none to prevent the connection from trying to use any agent at all. If one of the revoked keys is tried during a login attempt, the server will simply ignore it and move on to the next authentication method. Or another way to set that permanently is by editing nanorc(5) However the authorized_keys file is edited to add the key, the key itself must be in the file whole and unbroken on a single line. 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