OpenSSH 3.5p1 (HP version): permissions of public identity

Ulrich Windl Ulrich.Windl at
Thu Sep 4 17:05:55 EST 2003


I just received thes odd messages from HP-UX Secure Shell A.03.50.000. 
(OpenSSH 3.5p1):

# ssh-add
5215: @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
5215: @         WARNING: UNPROTECTED PRIVATE KEY FILE!          @
5215: @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
5215: Permissions 0644 for '' are too open.
5215: It is recommended that your private key files are NOT accessible by 
5215: This private key will be ignored.
5215: bad permissions: ignore key:
Enter passphrase for

Now I think the ".pub" is a public key, so what's wrong with the permissions? 
Also, when private key will be ignored, why then ask for a password?

I'm a bit confused.


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