openssh client on Windows 7 key auth issue

Dan Kaminsky dan at
Sat Feb 11 06:46:08 EST 2012

I'm not sure which Windows port of OpenSSH you're using; however, I usually
recommend people looking to use SSH on Windows either work with PuTTY or
Cygwin's OpenSSH (w/ the rxvt native client).

Good luck!


On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM, Oleksandr Yeremko <yeremko at>wrote:

> Dear All,
> could anybody be so kind and explain me such situation:
> I set up OpenSSH client on Windows 7.
> Then I generated keys pair by 'ssh-keygen -t dsa' and with empty (no)
> passphrase.
> Then I inserted appropriate info into authorized_keys file on my Unix host.
> But when I try to connect to my Unix host 'ssh' asks for passphrase
> for 'id_dsa' and than wants to authenticate by password because
> 'publickey method is refused - no passphrase is given'.
> I have no such situation in Windows XP - everything is OK there.
> What is the problem with Windows 7?
> Thank you for your time and your help,
> Oleksandr
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