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I can connect to another Ubuntu machine in my LAN via SSH. On both of then PC's I installed openssh-server Install openssh-server but from another Ubuntu computer I can not connect to my PC via SSH and I got this error:

"Host key verification failed..."

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Dó you use host names or IP-addresses? –  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 27 '12 at 13:21
Not similar but I got the same error but due to a different problem: serverfault.com/questions/494916/… –  zengr Aug 28 '13 at 19:18

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"Host key verification failed" means that the host key of the remote host was changed.

Ssh stores the host keys of the remote hosts in ~/.ssh/known_hosts. You can either edit that text file manually and remove the old key (you can see the line number in the error message), or use

ssh-keygen -R hostname

(which I learnt from the answer to Is it possible to remove a particular host key from SSH's known_hosts file?).

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If you are running in certain remote/scripting situations where you lack interactive access to the prompt-to-add-hostkey, work around it like this:

$ ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no user@something.example.com uptime

Warning: Permanently added 'something.example.com,' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.

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+1, this is an ugly solution, but in some cases of automated monitoring processes that work with dymaic ip-connected devices, this is a simple and acceptable solution. –  Ninsuo Nov 11 '13 at 14:34
+1 For example, for Jenkins executions, this is a good solution. Thanks –  Lobo Feb 5 at 10:02

Also sometimes there is situation when you are working on serial console, then checking above command in verbose mode -v will show you /dev/tty does not exist, while it does.

ssh -v user@hostname

In above case just remove /dev/tty and create a symlink of /dev/ttyS0 to /dev/tty.

rm /dev/tty
ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/tty

As an alternative, add id_rsa.pub to the remote location, so password is not prompted and you get login access.

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+1 for advising to use -v parameter; this can help a lot when debugging ssh problems. –  daniel kullmann Jul 24 '12 at 19:10
Agreed. May save my bacon, thanks. –  djhaskin987 Mar 31 '14 at 19:24

In my case, this was caused by a udev problem - there was no /dev/tty device node. The solution for me was just:

sudo mknod -m 666 /dev/tty c 5 0

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Well, it simply because the second ubuntu requires connection by key and not password.

I suggest you use sudo dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server on your pc, and then it should work properly. It will reset the configuration for openssh and should come back to a default password authentication.

Second possibility is that there's already a key for your other ubuntu in you PC, and that it changed thus being not recognized anymore. In this case, you'll have to edit the file .ssh/authorized_keys to remove the problematic line identifying your ubuntu.

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pico ~/.ssh/known_hosts and delete all lines, after just reconnect and you will get a new key.

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This is a dangerous solution, because you will remove ALL your host keys. The accepted solution, ssh-keygen -R hostname is better. –  msanford Mar 24 '14 at 20:52

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