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Setup key based login from MacOS

The procedure is very similar to the Linux procedure. So we first need to build a public/private keypair using the ssh-keygen utility:

For both question about passphrase, just hit enter (we will not be using passphrases). This will also have generated two files in your personal .ssh directory:

The file must be transferred to the remote host. For this we can use ssh-copy-id:

$ ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/ username@remote-host

This may produce the following message:

/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "/home/username/.ssh/"
The authenticity of host 'remote-host (' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:tygMarTe3SOjTcY9HzldKThxQzsTeiYHg5JmjB2bxeg.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

Having confirmed the access key to remote-host, the copy operation will commence:

/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
username@remote-host's password:
One-time password (OATH) for `username`: 

Type your password (and the 2FA passcode) to actually start the file copy.

Number of key(s) added: 1

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

The passwordless/2fa codeless ssh login is now in place.

services/2fa/ssh/macos.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/29 07:45 by deul