heads up - ssh client-side password authentication default changed

Matthew Dillon dillon at backplane.com
Wed Oct 18 10:15:43 PDT 2017

The new version of ssh defaults to disabling plaintext password
authentication on the client side, which tripped up at least one person.
It is actually a good idea to default this to disabled so we are not going
to change it.

There are two solutions.  The first is to supply ssh -o
PasswordAuthentication=yes  on your ssh line when ssh'ing to a target that
you need plaintext authentication with.  The other is to simply specify the
feature in /etc/ssh/ssh_config (for the client side).

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