UI-related change to PasswordAuthentication in sshd_config file

Benjamin Ziirish Sans ziirish at ziirish.info
Tue Sep 8 06:35:14 AEST 2015

Hi Nolan,

The default sshd configuration file is often distribution-dependant. It means that even if upstream changed it, the result would not always be propaged in the distrib packages.

> Hello SSH developers,
> I spent about 2 hours today trying to track down why disabling passwords
> wasn't working on my Linux <Ubuntu> machine. I would like to propose the
> following change to sshd_config:60
> Before:
> # Change to no to disable tunnelled clear text passwords
> #PasswordAuthentication yes
> After:
> # Change to no to disable tunnelled clear text passwords
> PasswordAuthentication yes
> I had done the usual "change yes to no", but on my non-colored editor on
> the server I didn't notice the additional "#" at the beginning of the line.
> I know that server admins probably have a different opinion on this change,
> but for new users doing basic stuff the less steps and little details the
> better.
> Thanks for the consideration!
> Nolan
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