Lisa Casey wrote:
> Hi,
> I run several FreeBSD servers. Today I noticed  an entry in the auth.log
> on one of them that concerns me. The entry is this:
> Nov 12 15:44:29 mail sshd[30160]: Accepted keyboard-interactive/pam for
> michael from po
> rt 55185 ssh2
> There is a user michael on the system, but whoever was doing this was
> not him.
> I am assuming someone tried to break in using a valid username (michael)
> but with an incorrect password. So I just conducted an experiment to see
> if I could replicate that log entry using another valid username: mandy.
> I ssh'ed into the server, gave mandy as the username with an incorrect
> password. The auth.log entry for that attempt is this:
> Nov 14 19:44:54 mail sshd[96194]: Failed password for mandy from
> port 51919 ssh2
> and when I used something called keyboard interactive as the primary
> authentication method in my ssh client, I get this:
> sshd[96348]: error: PAM: authentication error for mandy from
> Nothing about Accepted keyboard-interactive/pam.  What does Accepted
> keyboard-interactive/pam mean?
> Also, in my ssh client, for authentication methods I have a choice of
> password, publickey or keyboard interactive. I've always used password,
> and never even noticed that keyboard interactive before. What is that?
> Thanks,
> Lisa Casey
Keyboard-interactive includes when the server sends requests such as
"Password:" to which the connector responds by typing their password.
This is different from entering the password in your client before
connecting. Example:

[EMAIL PROTECTED]'s password:

Try doing similar with the correct password and I bet you will see the
"Accepted/keyboard-interactive", it may be possible that michael's
password is no longer secure.

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