Great article; clear concise.
However, I am unable to repeat the SSH public/private key login process.
I following the instructions exactly and was always prompted for a password and not a passphrase (I chose to provide a passphrase).
The closest I can get to being prompted for a passphrase (I also get prompted for a password after entering the passphrase) is to do a few changes:
1. On the remote host put the public id_dsa.pub key in .ssh2/ and create a file called "authorization" that contains "Key id_dsa.pub". This is for multiple keys I believe.
2. Edit the id_dsa.pub key on local and remote to remove "ssh-dss" at the beginning of the key file and the "username@localhost" at the end of the key file.
After doing all of this I still get the following session:
ssh -l chris hostname.com
Enter passphrase for key '/Users/cochella/.ssh/identity':
Last login: Thu Nov 22 09:28:36 2001 from 126.96.36.199
If I understand everything this means that passphrase encryption (based on the keys) did not take place and a lesser form of encryption via the password was executed. Is this correct?
How can I fix this?
I have been forward and backward with all possible combinations and verifying passwords.
Local System: Mac OSX 10.1
Remote System: RedHat 6.2 running openssh