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We have more than 500 systems running ubuntu. When i access a machine through ssh few machines are not getting logged in, rest of the machines are logging in successfully. I am entering the correct username and password. Eventhough it is not getting connected. Pls look at the below snapshot.

ssh error

Pls see the output in the following link.

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try using "ssh -v" so that you can see and paste more debug information – freethinker May 23 '11 at 9:10
If you have access to the remote machine, /var/log/auth.log would be interesting too. – htorque May 23 '11 at 9:16
@karthick87 and you might want to remove the IP adres in the top bar too ;) – Rinzwind May 23 '11 at 9:18
You'd better switch from password to keybased authentication, it makes administration much safer and easier. Easier because you can use ssh-keyadd to store password-protected keyfiles. Safer because brute-forcing is less feasible. – Lekensteyn May 23 '11 at 9:36
Also check if the permissions are set right on the remote system. File permissions that is. – con-f-use May 23 '11 at 10:24
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check the contents of /etc/ssh/sshd_config on the target machine - it is possible that your specific user is not permitted to log in remotely. Specific lines to check for:

PermitRootLogin no # should never allow remote root login

AllowUsers someusername # whitelist of users who are allowed to ssh to the machine

You can probably do a comparison of that file from one of the working machines to see if any lines are different.

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I just want to give ssh rights to only one IP address say '' so how can i do this? Also i would like to display some warning messages if some one ssh into the sytem. – karthick87 Jun 3 '11 at 21:38

Apart from ssh -v, Try ssh -vv, ssh -vvv to increase verbosity of error messages to figure out what is happening.

If all cases fails,

Try from other servers to login as 'ssh username@host' and try other usernames as 'ssh username1@host'

if you can login to console, try 'ssh 0' from same system so that you can check if ssh subsystem works fine.

If ssh 0 works, ssh subsystem is fine. If not, Try to restart ssh subsystem

sudo /etc/init.d/ssh restart
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