ssh to non-root user still prompting for password after copying ssh keys

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

ssh keys have been manually copied or ssh-copy-id as been run to copy the keys to a non-root user on the target server but when you ssh to that user on the target server you are still prompted for the password.  Running 'ssh -v <username>@<hostname> shows this message after you enter the password when it prompts:
 
debug1: Remote: Ignored authorized keys: bad ownership or modes for directory /home/<username>

Resolution

Check the permissions on the non-root users home folder.  If the folder has full permissions:
 
# ll /home/
drwxrwxrwx  5 <username> users      4096 Nov  1  2013 <username>
 
change the permissions to 755 with the chmod command.
 
chmod 755 /home/<username>
 
The permissions should now show this:
 
# ll /home/
drwxr-xr-x  5 <username> users      4096 Nov  1  2013 <username>
 
Now ssh'ing to the user won't prompt for the password.
 
 

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  • Document ID:7015340
  • Creation Date: 08-Jul-2014
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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