[Bug 2306] New: ssh-add 6.7 inserts RSA keys into the ssh-agent as "rsa w/o comment" instead of filenames

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            Bug ID: 2306
           Summary: ssh-add 6.7 inserts RSA keys into the ssh-agent as
                    "rsa w/o comment" instead of filenames
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: 6.7p1
          Hardware: Other
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P5
         Component: ssh-add
          Assignee: unassigned-bugs at mindrot.org
          Reporter: dkg at fifthhorseman.net

as of version 6.7 (the first version i noticed this in), it looks to me
like adding ssh keys to ssh-agent marks them all as "rsa w/o comment",
instead of putting the filename as the comment.

This appears to be because of the key function overhaul in

ssh-add.c loads the secret keys via library-like invocations of
functions in sshkey.c, and if the comment returned is NULL, it sets the
comment to be the filename.

But in practice, these functions now return "rsa w/o comment" as the
comment, so the filename never gets applied as a comment.

Possible ways to fix:

 * One fix would be to have the functions return a NULL for the

 * Another fix would be to have ssh-add just override the comment

 * A third fix would be to pass a "proposed comment" into the
   library-like call, which could be overridden by future versions if
   they're aware of a superior comment after having parsed the key.

I also note that there is no way for a user of ssh-add to explicitly
the comment directly -- adding something like that would be a distinct
feature, i think.

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