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Re: Private key file permissions w/Cygwin OpenSSH on Vista

Siva wrote:

> Re:  binary distro of OpenSSH 3.8.1p1

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> I've been unable to use Cygwin's OpenSSH on Vista w/public key
> authentication because ssh.exe always states the file permissions on the
> private key file--"id_rsa"--are too open.
> I've used the chmod.exe utility to change the permissions on the id_rsa
> file to 600, but ssh.exe still pops up with the same error message.
> I've also used Windows' cacls.exe command to alter the ACLs for the file
> to be ONLY read-accesible to the current user, and the same thing happens.
> This behavior DOES NOT occur on XP and 2000 when I try it, i. e.
> chmod.exe WORKS on these OSs to change id_rsa's permissions so that
> ssh.exe is happy (i. e. to 0600).
> Is there a specific bona-fide way to set the id_rsa file's permission to
> always be acceptable to Cygwin SSH on Vista, in addition to the other
> Windows OSs?

I can't reproduce this.  I just tried using a stock Cygwin 1.5.24 and
OpenSSH 4.6p1-1 under Vista and it worked fine.  The default permissions
set on the private keyfile by ssh-keygen worked without any fiddling.

$ ls -l .ssh/id*
-rw------- 1 brian None 1675 Jun 29 19:20 .ssh/id_rsa
-rw-r--r-- 1 brian None  393 Jun 29 19:20 .ssh/

So, I think you're going to need to give us a lot more information about
your config, starting with the cygcheck output as requested at
<>.  It would also be good to know why
you're trying to use this very old version of OpenSSH, which might mean
that your version of Cygwin is ancient too.


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