[plug] ssh passwords
onno at itmaze.com.au
Sun May 8 05:22:08 WST 2005
After searching the 'net for a while I'm none the wiser and I turn to
those who have been playing with ssh for some guidance.
At present, I have a number of remote hosts that I connect to. For those
that I can, I have created a .ssh directory, set-up the keys on both
sides and I can connect without the need for a password prompt.
For other hosts, where I do not have the ability to create an .ssh
directory, I am prompted for a password for every ssh transaction, be it
ssh or scp.
This latter behaviour is rather annoying, because many of the passwords
are machine generated, so I need to look up the password, copy it, and
then paste it into the password prompt.
I'm happy to do that once per login, but not every time.
How do I do that?
As an aside, for those wondering, "Yes, I am aware of the security
implications of storing a password on my machine. If I knew a better
way, I'd be using it."
So, anyone got any suggestions?
(I've looked into ssh-agent, but my understanding is that it needs a set
of keys on both ends, which appears to me to defeat the purpose.)
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