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SSH

User Keys

Enabling Elliptic Curve Public Keys

Add the ECDSA algorithms (remove any key sizes you do not wish to allow) to the list of auth-publickey signature-algorithms (within the <authentication-methods> element) in your ssh-broker-config.xml:

<auth-publickey signature-algorithms="ecdsa-sha2-nistp256,ecdsa-sha2-nistp384, \
    ecdsa-sha2-nistp521,ssh-dss,ssh-rsa,ssh-dss-sha256@ssh.com, \
    ssh-rsa-sha256@ssh.com,x509v3-sign-dss,x509v3-sign-rsa, \
    x509v3-sign-dss-sha256@ssh.com, x509v3-sign-rsa-sha256@ssh.com">
  <key-selection policy="automatic">
  </key-selection>
</auth-publickey>
[Note]Note

To enable ECDSA keys for X.509, add also the following to the signature-algorithms list: x509v3-ecdsa-sha2-nistp256,x509v3-ecdsa-sha2-nistp384,x509v3-ecdsa-sha2-nistp521.

Creating ECDSA User Key

Create the ECDSA user key with ssh-keygen-g3. For more information on ssh-keygen-g3, refer to the Tectia Client User Manual.

Use ssh-keygen-g3 with –t (type) ecdsa. Once generated, the resulting .pub file should be uploaded to the target server.

[Note]Note

Do this under the correct user account. The example below is using the root user.

[root@host ~]# ssh-keygen-g3 -t ecdsa 
Generating 256 bits ECDSA key on nistp256 curve
Key generated. 
256-bit ecdsa, root@host.example.com, Mon Aug 24 2015 09:57:24 -0400 
Passphrase : 
Again      : 
Key is stored with NULL passphrase...
...
Private key saved to /root/.ssh2/id_ecdsa_256_a 
Public key saved to /root/.ssh2/id_ecdsa_256_a.pub

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