Rh5 and Keyboard Interactive Authentication for root@(serverIP)

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have software that is attempting to connect to a RH5 server using Keyboard Interactive Authentication.  I am recieving a prompt for a password for root@(serverIP).  I have tried the root password and aren't able to login.  What steps are needed to, enable if not enable by default and/or set password for Keyboard authentication?
Question by:securitythreat
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    While I am not familiar with Keyboard Interactive Authentication, what I would do is check the server logs. Check /var/log/messages for errors and output. That will give you hints and a head start.

    Good Luck!
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    No one should be logging in remotely to the root account. If the system admin has at least two neurons to rub together, they have PermitRootLogin no and/or DenyUsers root (preferably both) in the sshd_config file.

    Stay safe and sane: Login to an unprivileged account and escalate privilege.

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