A coworker asked DELL about SSH public key auth on PowerConnect M6220, because we wanted to automate something. Anyways, it’s pretty common to automate stuff nowadays, right?
Here is DELL’s reply on using a ssh with keys:
Von: xxx@Dell.com [mailto:xxx@Dell.com]
Betreff: Dell SR:xxxxxxxxx
Good morning Mr. xxx,
I’m the engineer to whom Mr. xxx has escalated the above mentioned
service request. I’m writing to you today to inform you that unfortunately
public key authentication isn’t supported in way you’d like to on these
switches with version 5.x firmware. That is, you will either always end up
being asked for a password, in addition / even though you supply correct
private/public key during your ssh session negotiations, or you might end
up inadvertently opening a backdoor for unauthenticated users wishing to
use password authentication only.
Either way, it seems this will take quite some time to fix, so I suggest I
close this service request out now and will keep you informed about any
future developments on this issue.
xxx, B.Sc. (Hons) in IS/IT
Enterprise Product Engineer, Networking & Linux & Security
Dell | Enterprise Support Services
Office Number (+353 1 xxx xxxx)
M-F (8:00 – 16:30 IST)
Certification: CCNP, RHCE & JNCIP-SEC
How am I doing? Email my manager xxx, xxx
<mailto:xxx@DELL.com> with any feedback.
Uhm… what? Oo
Yes, finally got into this after 2 hours spent trying to figure out why it asks me for a password.
Thanks Dell for bringing back 15 year old issues.
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