SSH pass-phrases and GDM

07 Mar, 2005

Pass-phrases for SSH has always been a bit of a drag, until recently I have been using passwordless keys for some systems, but this is far from a good solution. Yesterday, I read up a bit on ssh-agent, a program that asks for the ssh password as soon as you log in.

An even better solution was to integrate this in GDM (the login manager) using PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules). Now, all I need to do is inputting one password when I log in and I'm free to roam all the other ssh hosts.

Good reading:

Specifically the last one is about using GDM for inputting your pass-phrase.