sshd not doing key based authentication

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Tue Apr 10 16:51:00 GMT 2012


On 4/10/2012 10:02 AM, Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> * Rurik Christiansen (Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:23:04 +1000)
>> On 6/04/2012 08:44, Andrey Repin wrote:
>>> Greetings, Rurik Christiansen!
>>
>> [...]
>>
>>>> and my understanding is that I can't run the sshd frontend without
>>>> screwing the permissions.
>>> I don't understand what you mean by this.
>>
>>  From an earlier mail on this list:
>>
>> http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2008-11/msg00212.html
>>
>> I cite:
>>
>> "Ugh!  This suggests that you have not read OpenSSH readme in
>> /usr/share/doc/Cygwin.  You can't do this without screwing up all
>> the permissions on various directories and files that SSH checks
>> the permissions of."
>
> Nonsense. sshd doesn't change or "screw up" any permissions. I've been
> running sshd as user or sshd via xinetd run as user for the last seven
> years on my workstation and never had no problem. Of course I can only
> login as myself but that's expected.

And that's exactly the point of the referenced thread.  If you know how
to do what you've done and what the limitations are, then you can make
things work within these limitations.  For those that don't know all these
little details and limitations and just want to get sshd running in a
general, non-restrictive way, using the provided configure scripts is the
way to go and the Cygwin readme for OpenSSH is the right place to look for
details about these scripts and how to run them.  And more importantly,
unless you use these resources, it's assumed you know what you're doing
and that you don't need this list's help if you run into problems.  Just
to button up this thread for whoever may be reading it in the future,
if the previous statement doesn't describe you, don't try to initially
hand configure your OpenSSH installation and don't run sshd from the
command line unless you know what you are doing.

-- 
Larry

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