This doesn't answer the question directly, but if your intent is simply to administer your machine remotely, it is generally considered preferable and safer to log in as a non-root user, then elevate your privileges once you have started a session on the server.
In other words, instead of using ssh root@yourserver, you may wish to log in as yourself (your own distinct username and account) then run
sudo bash or even
su and to authenticate as root once logged in. You can also prepend most commands with
sudo to have that command run with root's privilege level, e.g.,:
sudo cp /etc/configthing.conf /etc/configthing.conf.orig or
sudo rm -i /var/log/syslog.3.gz