Failed System check with sshd [solved]

I restarted sshd, but still gives this error…


How are you currently accessing the server?

ssh, with a private key and passphrase

Okay, so your private key pair has a passphrase? When you log into your server, does it confirm that you logged in using key? If you have trouble telling the difference, do you use your server user passhprase to log in or your private key pair passphrase to log in?

It is important to verify you are logging in using the key pair so you do not lock yourself out of the server.

Both, please see attached screen shot for more info.

Well, I am not sure, could you please tell me how? right now they are identical, so no way to tell… ( I know I know, bad practice, lol )


$ tail /var/log/auth.log

And one of the lines should include:

Accepted publickey for username from <IP address>...

Bingo, looks good. What’s next?


$ grep PasswordAuthentication /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Paste results here.

PasswordAuthentication no

PasswordAuthentication. Depending on your PAM configuration,

PAM authentication, then enable this but set PasswordAuthentication

PasswordAuthentication yes

I see, I forgot to comment out the old one… Let me try and will keep you posted.

Also make sure you have:

PermitRootLogin no

Alright, looks good. I guess we can archive this thread. Thanks a lot for you help!!

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