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Journal of rob_au (1845)

Wednesday June 09, 2004
07:45 PM

SSH

[ #19171 ]
Using authorised keys for SSH is such a wonderful thing ... except when you're not on your own workstation and have to remember your password.
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  • "the keys are in the car" syndrome. :-)
  • That's happened to me several times. Annoying isn't it ;-)

    My other favourite trick is to spend five minutes repeatedly giving my SSH keyphrase to sudo rather than the local users password. Which I then remember that I've forgotten.
  • You mean you don't keep your secret key on a memory stick which you carry around with you? It's far more secure and portable. :-)

    Whilst I don't do that, I do usually have a floppy disk with PuTTY and a key pair on it. That goes a long way towards universal access.

    -Dom

  • I thought that is what a PDA was for? ; )
  • I used to have just two or three passwords that I used for everything, because whenever I tried using a new password I'd forget it after the first use.

    Well, I wised up eventually and started writing them all down; I keep them in a binder locked up at work and another at home.

    Fortunately, I don't get out much.

    P.S.: Now, of course, I rarely forget any of them. Go figure.