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How to get ssh access of CentOS instance without ssh-key? [closed]

asked 2016-08-01 11:12:22 -0500

zekken gravatar image

Hi, Is it possible to get the ssh access to CentOS instance without the ssh-key pair?

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answered 2016-08-01 16:07:14 -0500

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You can use user-data to set a password for the user. When launching an instance you'll paste this into the user-data:

ssh_pwauth: True 
disable_root: false 
  list: |
  expire: false

ssh_pwauth will turn on the ability to use password auth. disable_root will enable the root user. chpassword will setup a password for the user.

It's not recommended to use this regularly. You should use this for testing. Otherwise you should be using the user + ssh-key.

This will allow you to SSH with a password. It didn't work on Debian as the options were different in the sshd config, but should work with CentOS.

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Thank you. That was very helpful. What is the way to do it while creating the image itself?

zekken gravatar imagezekken ( 2016-08-02 05:53:53 -0500 )edit

You'll want to check out the cloud-config examples with cloud-init:

The docs go over the configuration options you can use.

mpetason gravatar imagempetason ( 2016-08-02 10:03:51 -0500 )edit

Thanks again :)

zekken gravatar imagezekken ( 2016-08-03 10:37:31 -0500 )edit

No problem. Good luck!

mpetason gravatar imagempetason ( 2016-08-03 11:00:55 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-08-01 21:00:22 -0500

Praveen N gravatar image

updated 2016-08-01 21:00:52 -0500

Hi, Another version user data you can use is :

  list: |
  expire: False
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