Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
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Novell Linux Desktop 9
When trying to get a remote secure shell (ssh) connection to
Suse Linux, users are denied after they submit a password. In
some cases, this was working earlier but the problem came up after
This has been seen with various Windows SSH clients, like
putty and smarterm, but not with the Linux SSH client itself.
Edit the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file. Verify the following
Without this, many ssh clients will be denied access if the
user submits the password rather than using public key
authentication. The comments in the sshd_config file are
potentially misunderstood for this parameter. It reads, "To
disable tunneled clear text passwords, change to no
here!". The 'clear text password' referred to here is
still encrypted in the ssh tunnel, so is not visible to
sniffers. In this case the term "tunneled clear text
password" is only meant to imply the difference between the user
typing in their password directly, versus submitting a key
This issue can come up after some updates because in older
versions of the SSHD package, this value defaulted to yes, whereas
in newer versions of the package, it is defaulting to no.
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