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I upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10 and upon completion found that I could no longer ssh into other computers that I routinely do so. There are several things I've checked:

  1. Kerberos authentication is working fine, that's not the problem.
  2. I tried restarting and reinstalling ssh, but neither helped.
  3. I tried copying over all ssh related files from my laptop (with a properly function ssh in 11.04) and replace what is on my 11.10 malfunctioning OS, but that did not help.
  4. I tried deleting the .ssh/known_hosts file. On my next attempt, I received the normal message about connecting somewhere for the first time, but was still refused a connection.

jason:~$ /usr/sbin/sshd -ddd
debug2: load_server_config: filename /etc/ssh/sshd_config
debug2: load_server_config: done config len = 682
debug2: parse_server_config: config /etc/ssh/sshd_config len 682
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:5 setting Port 22
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:9 setting Protocol 2
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:11 setting HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:12 setting HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:13 setting HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:15 setting UsePrivilegeSeparation yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:18 setting KeyRegenerationInterval 3600
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:19 setting ServerKeyBits 768
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:22 setting SyslogFacility AUTH
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:23 setting LogLevel INFO
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:26 setting LoginGraceTime 120
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:27 setting PermitRootLogin no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:28 setting StrictModes yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:30 setting RSAAuthentication yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:31 setting PubkeyAuthentication yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:35 setting IgnoreRhosts yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:37 setting RhostsRSAAuthentication no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:39 setting HostbasedAuthentication no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:44 setting PermitEmptyPasswords no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:48 setting ChallengeResponseAuthentication no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:63 setting X11Forwarding yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:64 setting X11DisplayOffset 10
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:65 setting PrintMotd no
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:66 setting PrintLastLog yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:67 setting TCPKeepAlive yes
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:74 setting AcceptEnv LANG LC_*
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:76 setting Subsystem sftp /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server
debug3: /etc/ssh/sshd_config:87 setting UsePAM yes
debug1: sshd version OpenSSH_5.8p1 Debian-7ubuntu1
debug3: Incorrect RSA1 identifier
debug1: read PEM private key done: type RSA
debug1: Checking blacklist file /usr/share/ssh/blacklist.RSA-2048
debug1: Checking blacklist file /etc/ssh/blacklist.RSA-2048
debug1: private host key: #0 type 1 RSA
debug3: Incorrect RSA1 identifier
debug1: read PEM private key done: type DSA
debug1: Checking blacklist file /usr/share/ssh/blacklist.DSA-1024
debug1: Checking blacklist file /etc/ssh/blacklist.DSA-1024
debug1: private host key: #1 type 2 DSA
debug3: Incorrect RSA1 identifier
debug1: read PEM private key done: type ECDSA
debug1: Checking blacklist file /usr/share/ssh/blacklist.ECDSA-256
debug1: Checking blacklist file /etc/ssh/blacklist.ECDSA-256
debug1: private host key: #2 type 3 ECDSA
debug1: setgroups() failed: Operation not permitted
debug1: rexec_argv[0]='/usr/sbin/sshd'
debug1: rexec_argv[1]='-ddd'
debug3: oom_adjust_setup
Set /proc/self/oom_score_adj from 0 to -1000
debug2: fd 3 setting O_NONBLOCK
debug1: Bind to port 22 on 0.0.0.0.
Bind to port 22 on 0.0.0.0 failed: Permission denied.
debug2: fd 3 setting O_NONBLOCK
debug3: sock_set_v6only: set socket 3 IPV6_V6ONLY
debug1: Bind to port 22 on ::.
Bind to port 22 on :: failed: Permission denied.
Cannot bind any address.

Maybe the problem is in that readout, but I'm not familiar enough with this output to know.

My laptop which still has Ubuntu 11.04 still can successfully log into the computers I need to, so the problem is definitely related to the upgrade of my desktop to 11.10.

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[edit:] I think I figures something out:

If I do a "ssh -vv name@computer.org.com" (the computer I'm trying to log into), towards the end of the output I get:

Jason Nett 11:06:38 PM
debug1: Authentications that can continue: gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: gssapi-keyex
debug1: No valid Key exchange context
debug2: we did not send a packet, disable method
debug1: Next authentication method: gssapi-with-mic
debug2: we sent a gssapi-with-mic packet, wait for reply
debug1: Authentication succeeded (gssapi-with-mic).
Authenticated to computer.org.com ([xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]:xx).

Notice that "gssapi-with-mic" is in the list of "Authentications that can continue" and is the one that succeeded. When I try on the machine that lost it's ability to ssh, this output is:

debug1: Authentications that can continue: gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,keyboard-interactive
debug1: Next authentication method: keyboard-interactive
debug2: userauth_kbdint
debug2: we sent a keyboard-interactive packet, wait for reply
debug1: Authentications that can continue: gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,keyboard-interactive
debug2: we did not send a packet, disable method
debug1: No more authentication methods to try.

Permission denied (gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic,keyboard-interactive).

So on this machine, "gssapi-keyex" and "gssapi-with-mic" are never attempted--according to the verbose output--and only "keyboard-interactive" is attempted. From my online searches, I gather that gssapi-with-mic has something to do with communicating my kerberos authentication, but I'm not quite sure where to go from here, at the moment.

Hopefully this extra info can help us rectify the issue quickly.

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Looks like it 'might' be something to do with ipv6 and ipv4 both trying to bind to port22. Try disabling ipv6 in sshd_config.

ListenAddress 0.0.0.0
#ListenAddress ::
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user15346 executed sshd as a regular user, which is why it didn't have permissions to bind to a port. –  bgvaughan Oct 14 '11 at 19:53
    
Thanks. I checked this file again and by default both of these lines are commented out. So the one you say to comment out was already. –  user15346 Oct 14 '11 at 19:56
    
There seems to be no permutation of commenting/uncommenting these two lines that solves--or changes--my problem. –  user15346 Oct 14 '11 at 19:57
    
hmm ok. The only other error I see is RSA. You say you reinstalled ssh, did you remove the keys as well? –  duffydack Oct 14 '11 at 20:35
    
There was never a .ssh/authorized_keys file to begin with, if that's what you're referring to. –  user15346 Oct 14 '11 at 20:43
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I'm getting the same problem, but if I log in to the console or via ssh with password authentication at least once then all subsequent ssh authentications with public key work ok. It's not a good workaround because a reboot kills the ability to login with ssh/public key, but it might help someone diagnose what's going on.

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