SSH (Secure SHELL) is an open-source and most trusted network protocol that is used to login to remote servers for the execution of commands and programs. It is also used to transfer files from one computer to another computer over the network using a secure copy (SCP) Protocol.
In this article, we will show you how to setup password-less login on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora using ssh keys to connect to remote Linux servers without entering a password. Using Password-less login with SSH keys will increase the trust between two Linux servers for easy file synchronization or transfer.
My Setup Environment
SSH Client : 192.168.0.12 ( Fedora 21 ) SSH Remote Host : 192.168.0.11 ( CentOS 7 )
If you are dealing with a number of Linux remote servers, then SSH Password-less login is one of the best ways to automate tasks such as automatic backups with scripts, synchronization files using SCP, and remote command execution.
In this example, we will set up SSH password-less automatic login from server 192.168.0.12 as user tecmint to 192.168.0.11 with user sheena.
Step 1: Create Authentication SSH-Keygen Keys on – (192.168.0.12)
First login into server 192.168.0.12 with user tecmint and generate a pair of public keys using the following command.
[email@example.com ~]$ ssh-keygen -t rsa Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter file in which to save the key (/home/tecmint/.ssh/id_rsa): [Press enter key] Created directory '/home/tecmint/.ssh'. Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Press enter key] Enter same passphrase again: [Press enter key] Your identification has been saved in /home/tecmint/.ssh/id_rsa. Your public key has been saved in /home/tecmint/.ssh/id_rsa.pub. The key fingerprint is: 5f:ad:40:00:8a:d1:9b:99:b3:b0:f8:08:99:c3:ed:d3 [email protected] The key's randomart image is: +--[ RSA 2048]----+ | ..oooE.++| | o. o.o | | .. . | | o . . o| | S . . + | | . . . o| | . o o ..| | + + | | +. | +-----------------+
Step 2: Create .ssh Directory on – 192.168.0.11
Use SSH from server 192.168.0.12 to connect server 192.168.0.11 using sheena as a user and create .ssh directory under it, using the following command.
[tecmint@tecmint ~]$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org mkdir -p .ssh The authenticity of host '192.168.0.11 (192.168.0.11)' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 45:0e:28:11:d6:81:62:16:04:3f:db:38:02:la:22:4e. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added '192.168.0.11' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts. email@example.com's password: [Enter Your Password Here]
Step 3: Upload Generated Public Keys to – 192.168.0.11
Use SSH from server 192.168.0.12 and upload a new generated public key (id_rsa.pub) on server 192.168.0.11 under sheena‘s .ssh directory as a file name authorized_keys.
[tecmint@tecmint ~]$ cat .ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh firstname.lastname@example.org 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys' email@example.com's password: [Enter Your Password Here]
Step 4: Set Permissions on – 192.168.0.11
Due to different SSH versions on servers, we need to set permissions on .ssh directory and authorized_keys file.
[tecmint@tecmint ~]$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org "chmod 700 .ssh; chmod 640 .ssh/authorized_keys" email@example.com's password: [Enter Your Password Here]
Step 5: Login from 192.168.0.12 to 192.168.0.11 Server without Password
From now onwards you can log into 192.168.0.11 as sheena user from server 192.168.0.12 as tecmint user without a password.
[tecmint@tecmint ~]$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org