SSH error: Method 'publickey' disabled

 I'm configuring ssh between a HP-UX11i (using OpenSSH_3.6.1p2, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0) and  an Alpha Server based on TRU64 using (SSH2, commericial version) but am faced with a slight problem. I have managed to successfully configure ssh connectivity from HP-UX server to TRU64 server but the problem lies from TRU64 to HP-UX. This is what I have done:

(1) Create DSA keys on TRU64 server (i.e ssh-keygen -t dsa..) with empty passphrase. This creates a 2048bit DSA paired private/public key.
(2) Copied the public key to HP-UX server
         - scp ~/.ssh2/ HP-UX:.ssh
(3) Converted the key on HP-UX server
        - ssh-keygen -i -f >>authorized_keys2 (and also to authorized_keys)
(4) On TRU 64 server I added entry to identification file (IdKey

This is all the settings I have done on both the servers but when I test ssh connectivity from TRU64 server to HP-UX server, I still get prompted for password:

ssh -v HP-UX server -l <username>

debug: SshAppCommon/sshappcommon.c:138: Allocating global SshRegex context.
debug: SshConfig/sshconfig.c:2796: Metaconfig parsing stopped at line 3.
debug: SshConfig/sshconfig.c:2704: Unable to open ~/.ssh2/ssh2_config
debug: Connecting to HP-UX, port 22... (SOCKS not used)
debug: Ssh2/ssh2.c:2297: Entering event loop.
debug: Ssh2Client/sshclient.c:1421: Creating transport protocol.
debug: SshAuthMethodClient/sshauthmethodc.c:83: Added "publickey" to usable methods.
debug: SshAuthMethodClient/sshauthmethodc.c:83: Added "keyboard-interactive" to usable methods.
debug: SshAuthMethodClient/sshauthmethodc.c:83: Added "password" to usable methods.
debug: Ssh2Client/sshclient.c:1462: Creating userauth protocol.
debug: client supports 3 auth methods: 'publickey,keyboard-interactive,password'
debug: Ssh2Common/sshcommon.c:529: local ip = TRU64 IP, local port = 1886
debug: Ssh2Common/sshcommon.c:531: remote ip = HP-UX IP, remote port = 22
debug: SshConnection/sshconn.c:1945: Wrapping...
debug: SshReadLine/sshreadline.c:2414: Initializing ReadLine...
debug: Remote version: SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_3.6.1p2
debug: OpenSSH: Major: 3 Minor: 6 Revision: 1
debug: Ssh2Transport/trcommon.c:1517: All versions of OpenSSH handle kex guesses incorrectly.
debug: Ssh2Transport/trcommon.c:1900: lang s to c: `', lang c to s: `'
debug: Ssh2Transport/trcommon.c:1965: c_to_s: cipher aes128-cbc, mac hmac-sha1, compression none
debug: Ssh2Transport/trcommon.c:1968: s_to_c: cipher aes128-cbc, mac hmac-sha1, compression none
debug: Remote host key found from database.
debug: Ssh2Common/sshcommon.c:330: Received SSH_CROSS_STARTUP packet from connection protocol.
debug: Ssh2Common/sshcommon.c:380: Received SSH_CROSS_ALGORITHMS packet from connection protocol.
debug: server offers auth methods 'external-keyx,gssapi,publickey,password,keyboard-interactive'.
debug: Ssh2AuthPubKeyClient/authc-pubkey.c:1590: adding keyfile "/usr/users/prdadm/.ssh2/id_dsa_prdadm_bdun0610" to candidates
debug: server offers auth methods 'external-keyx,gssapi,publickey,password,keyboard-interactive'.
debug: Ssh2AuthClient/sshauthc.c:318: Method 'publickey' disabled.
debug: server offers auth methods 'external-keyx,gssapi,publickey,password,keyboard-interactive'.
debug: server offers auth methods 'external-keyx,gssapi,publickey,password,keyboard-interactive'.
debug: Ssh2AuthPasswdClient/authc-passwd.c:105: Starting password query...
user password:

Permission in .ssh directory for files on HP-UX server are:
-rw------- authorized_keys, authorized_keys2
-rw-r--r-- known_hosts

ssh_config file below:
# Configuration data is parsed as follows:
#  1. command line options
#  2. user-specific file
#  3. system-wide file
# Any configuration value is only changed the first time it is set.
# Thus, host-specific definitions should be at the beginning of the
# configuration file, and defaults at the end.

# Site-wide defaults for various options

# Host *
#   ForwardAgent no
#   ForwardX11 no
#   RhostsAuthentication no
#   RhostsRSAAuthentication no
#   RSAAuthentication yes
#   PasswordAuthentication yes
#   HostbasedAuthentication no
#   BatchMode no
#   CheckHostIP yes
#   StrictHostKeyChecking ask
#   IdentityFile ~/.ssh/identity
#   IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
#   IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_dsa
#   Port 22
    Protocol 2
#   Cipher 3des
#   Ciphers aes128-cbc,3des-cbc,blowfish-cbc,cast128-cbc,arcfour,aes192-cbc,aes256-cbc
#   EscapeChar ~

ANY IDEAS what I'm doing wrong or what extra I need to do please.


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Paul SDesktop Support Manager / Network AdministratorCommented:
have you simply tried adding the password after the username in the command to connect?
Have you tried to specify the private key name on the command line?  Like
ssh -i ./.ssh/id_dsa_2048_a  HP-UX-server -l <username>
budrito12Author Commented:
Hi The Computer Guru 777, yes i tried that and am able to connect that way. Jharriss haven't tired that ANYWAY I have managed to solve the problem myself. The problem lied with the permission on the .ssh directory on HP-UX server. This was set to 777 I changed this to 755 and it works now so manythanks for your help.

# in sshd_config (in /etc or /etc/ssh, usually):
PubkeyAuthentication yes
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