prompt to update a host key

David Newall openssh at
Sat Mar 16 13:49:30 AEDT 2019

On 16/3/19 5:46 am, Jeremy Lin wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 2:37 AM David Newall <openssh at> wrote:
>> On 03/15/2019 12:49 AM, Jeremy Lin wrote:
>>> [...] connecting to hosts where the host key
>>> changes frequently. I realize this is a fairly niche use case [...]
>> Doesn't StrictHostKeyChecking=no do what is wanted?
> None of the StrictHostKeyChecking options currently allow you to use
> password auth if the host key has changed. The only way we can log
> into a reimaged device is to use the initial default username and
> password.

I suspect you have left out some important details, because setting 
StrictHostKeyChecking to off does allow use of password authentication.  
In fact, you say that you can use the default username and password, 
hence why I think you've left out important detail.

I'm using Ubuntu and it's possible they added a patch that makes this 
work, but, quick perusal of debian/patches shows nothing that suggests 
such a change.

	$ ssh
	The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
	ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:62i5qiSlaACj1MmjPwpXNIZaPqyMwtBoWhSoK8Z8x8E.
	Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? ^C
	$ ssh -oStrictHostKeyChecking=off
	Warning: Permanently added ',' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
	user at's password:
	Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-142-generic x86_64)
	 * Documentation:
	 * Management:
	 * Support:
	Last login: Thu Mar 14 23:38:13 2019 from
	user at$

Are you wanting to use host-based authentication in the normal case, 
falling back to password if the host's key has changed?

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