openssh with radius server unreachable

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Mon Nov 27 15:01:12 EST 2006

Pascal Henri wrote:
> I think to have find a small pb with openssh when a Radius server is 
> unreachable.
> I use radius authentication with pam my system-auth is the following
> when radius server is unreachable, we display contents of file 
> radiusfailure "RADIUS servers are unreachable, need local password.".
> with telnet this contents is display on client between each 
> authentication try but not when i use ssh client.

Which version of OpenSSH are you using?  There were some changes a while 
back (maybe 4.2p1 or so) whereby the messages returned by PAM were sent 
to the client as SSH2 banner packets, which should include situations 
such as this.

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