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Archive for May 13th, 2013

Relevant files for ssh-keygen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/05/13


After writing this, DSA got deprecated then later removed. See [WayBack] Secure Secure Shell.

When working with SSH private/public keys (often because of ssh-keygen), and using DSA for auhtentication, these are the relevant files:

  • $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa:
    (on the local system)
    The $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa file contains the protocol version 2 DSA authentication identity of the user.
  • $HOME/.ssh/
    (on the local system)
    The $HOME/.ssh/ file contains the DSA public key for authentication when you are using the SSH protocol version 2. A user should copy its contents in the $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file of the remote system where a user wants to log in using DSA authentication.
  • $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys:
    (on the remote system)
    The $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file contains authorized DSA public keys (each line is the contents of a $HOME/.ssh/ file) of users on systems that are auhorized to login on the remote system.


Be sure to transfer the contents of the local $HOME/.ssh/ file to the remote system in a secure way.


via ssh-keygen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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