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Plesk and SSH authorized_keys

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by saschahb, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. saschahb

    saschahb Guest


    normally logging into the ssh-account without password but with ssh-publickey does not work because the home directory of each plesk user is write-protected.

    But for all of us who want to provide this feature to users I will show you a little quick and dirty workaround. Perhaps you'll be happy with it ;)

    - Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config (this is the debian sshd-config file. Perhaps it is called a little bit different in other linux distros)
    - Add this line or change on existing one to this:
    AuthorizedKeysFile %h/private/.ssh/authorized_keys
    (the .ssh directory isn't expected within the root-homedir anymore. Now sshd searches within the private directory of each user)
    - save and restart the sshd

    to add an authorized keys file all users have to do the following:
    - login to their account
    - cd private
    - mkdir .ssh
    - chmod og-xrw .ssh (important!)
    - now they have to copy their authorized_keys file to this directory

    voila! it is done...

  2. BoXie

    BoXie Guest

    Hey indeed !! That's some great info !

    Thanks for sharing that with the rest :)

    I came across the same problem .. but never looked further to solve it.

    Thanks again mate !