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Re: SSH Unexpectedly Not Prompting for Password



Well, something is certainly accepting the pubkey so it could be
AgentForwarding.

if you echo $SSH_AUTH_SOCK  is the variable defined?

and does a process list show ssh-agent running?

Also, check /etc/ssh to see if there's a authorized keys file there.

Cheers,
Harry

On 05/14/2013 03:12 PM, Lucas, Brandon wrote:
> I also wouldn't expect SSH to work that way but that is indeed the behavior as I have described.  The three "bear" accounts all have the exact same id_rsa.pub file and authorized_keys entries, which list the "teddy" account on the fourth server.  This relationship was set up so that I could push continuous code builds from the "teddy" server to any 3 of the "bear" servers.
> 
> The secure log on a server I am connecting to, is showing on successful connection as if there was a key pair set up for the "bear" user between the servers:
> 
> May 14 14:06:18 bearServer sshd[4199]: Accepted publickey for bear from xx.xx.xx.xx port 54305 ssh2
> May 14 14:06:18 bearServer sshd[4199]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session opened for user bear by (uid=0)
> 
> .. but this key pair does not exist.  If I were to look at authorized keys on the server I connected to I see:
> 
> ssh-rsa HASH== teddy teddyServer domain com
> 
> ...with the id_rsa.pub saying the same thing.
> 
> 
> The home directory is not NFS mounted, nor did we do an ssh-add.  When connecting I am simply using "ssh bearServer.domain.com" when logged in as the "bear" user on one of the 3 servers, and I get right in.
> 
> I found a forum posting where someone online was seeing the exact same behavior but for the life of me I cannot find the forum posting now.  In their case they suggested that AgentForwarding was the cause.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of m roth 5-cent us
> Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:36 PM
> To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
> Subject: Re: SSH Unexpectedly Not Prompting for Password
> 
> Lucas, Brandon wrote:
>>
>> I have a question about SSH that I can't seem to figure out.  Here is the
>> situation:
>>
>> 4 servers on RHEL 6.3
> 
> You really should update to 6.4, for security reasons if nothing else.
>>
>> One server has a local account ("teddy").  SSH key pairs have been set up
>> between this "teddy" account and the other 3 servers on a different local
>> account common to the other 3 servers ("bear"), but not present on the
>> "teddy" server.  These 3 servers do not have a "teddy" account.
>>
>> Now, I am able to ssh without password between the 3 "bear" servers using
>> the "bear" account without a password.  This behavior is undesired as it
>> bypasses some key controls.
>>
>> I figure what must be happening here is that since the 3 "bear" servers
>> have the same public key that points to the "teddy" server, they must be
>> using that fourth server as some type of "witness" to verify the identity
>> of the user making the ssh connection, bypassing the password for the
>> "bear" account.  I have disabled AgentForwarding on all 4 servers in
>> question, as well as X11Forwarding.  This has not helped.
>>
>> What is going on here and how do I avoid it?
> 
> As someone else said, ssh doesn't work that way. Question 1: where's your
> home directory - it's not NFS mounted, is it? Second, did you do an
> ssh-add on teddy, first? Third, are you doing ssh -A?
> 
>       mark
> 



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