Sunday 26 April 2020

How to Configure SSH Password Less Authentication on CentOS 8

In some certain reason, password less authentication is require on remote machine which helps to access the remote machine without entering the password for login, deployment and management purpose.
This article describes How to Configure Password Less Authentication on CentOS8.

Step 1 User Creation: Run the following command to create a separate user for password less authentication and set password:

[root@LC-Ansible-Master ~]# adduser ansible-user
[root@LC-Ansible-Master ~]# passwd ansible-user
Changing password for user ansible-user.
New password:
BAD PASSWORD: The password contains the user name in some form
Retype new password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
[root@LC-Ansible-Master ~]#

Step 2. Generate SSH Key: Switch with the user and generate random SSH RSA key on source machine:

[root@LC-Ansible-Master ~]# su - ansible-user
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$ ssh-keygen -t rsa
Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/ansible-user/.ssh/id_rsa):
Created directory '/home/ansible-user/.ssh'.
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /home/ansible-user/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /home/ansible-user/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:pox4pH3JyeYDlCB51KiyhXn5DNm6sO8SSCgW9XB4V/U ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master
The key's randomart image is:
+---[RSA 2048]----+
| oo=..  ....     |
|o.+.=. .    .    |
|.*.=.o.      E   |
|Bo* +            |
|*+ *.   S        |
|= .=+= =         |
| +o.+.X          |
|o .. +.          |
| +o   ..         |
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$

Step 3. Copy SSH Key: Copy the key to the remote machine using ssh-copy-id command:
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$ ssh-copy-id ansible-user@
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "/home/ansible-user/.ssh/"
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:MkomPfEhQowbzv64aX34auq0zi7NDZKaCJId3vO4ay8.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: 1 key(s) remain to be installed -- if you are prompted now it is to install the new keys
ansible-user@'s password:

Number of key(s) added: 1

Now try logging into the machine, with:   "ssh 'ansible-user@'"
and check to make sure that only the key(s) you wanted were added.

[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$

Step 4. Verify Password Less Login: Run the following command to validate password less login on remote machine:

[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Master ~]$ ssh ansible-user@
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Node1 ~]$ hostname
[ansible-user@LC-Ansible-Node1 ~]$

Done! Password less authentication and login configured successfully.

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