Unexpected behavior with "-o PreferredAuthentications=password"

Thorsten Glaser t.glaser at tarent.de
Wed Jul 21 07:56:17 AEST 2021

On Tue, 20 Jul 2021, Jürgen Botz wrote:

> of sense, although the exact semantics of each authentication method
> (password and keyboard-interactive) aren't completely clear even after
> studying the documentation.  Does password bypass PAM entirely and have
> sshd check the password directly?

I don’t know either. Is there a write-up on this?

I do know that I can only use password to log into my BSD box
successfully, not keyboard-interactive, so they are not equivalent.

There’s (thankfully!) no PAM on BSD. Anything related to PAM is
therefore openssh-portable-related.

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