I am trying to configure SSHD to allow public key authentication under Cygwin on Windows Server 2012. Currently my problem is access being denied. I have confirmed that my public key is saved as a single line in authorized_keys and authorized_keys2 in the user's .ssh directory. Below you will find the command I used to connedt, the verbose output of my attempt to connect with SSH using my private key, and my SSHD configuration. The private key I'm attempt to use is in RSA PEM format.
I have also tried adding RSAAuthentication Yes to my configuration, but doing cause SSHD to fail on startup.
When RSAAuthentication YES is in the SSHD config I get he below error.
cygrunsrv: Error starting a service: QueryServiceStatus: Win32 error 1062: The service has not been started.
SSH Connection Command
ssh -v -i id_rsa.pem <USER>@<SERVER ADDRESS>
PasswordAuthentication no UsePAM no PubkeyAuthentication yes
OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config debug1: /etc/ssh_config line 20: Applying options for * debug1: /etc/ssh_config line 53: Applying options for * debug1: Connecting to ec2-54-186-180-177.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com [22.214.171.124] port 22. debug1: Connection established. debug1: identity file id_rsa.pem type -1 debug1: identity file id_rsa.pem-cert type -1 debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0 debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_6.2 debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_5.3 debug1: match: OpenSSH_5.3 pat OpenSSH_5* debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST(1024<1024<8192) sent debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_GROUP debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_INIT sent debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY debug1: Server host key: RSA a6:a5:57:ef:09:14:7b:0b:cc:29:7b:01:fa:ac:c8:ea debug1: Host 'ec2-54-186-180-177.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com' is known and matches the RSA host key. debug1: Found key in /Users/cyotee/.ssh/known_hosts:6 Warning: the RSA host key for 'ec2-54-186-180-177.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com' differs from the key for the IP address '126.96.36.199' Offending key for IP in /Users/cyotee/.ssh/known_hosts:5 Matching host key in /Users/cyotee/.ssh/known_hosts:6 Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received debug1: Roaming not allowed by server debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_REQUEST sent debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: Next authentication method: publickey debug1: Trying private key: id_rsa.pem debug1: read PEM private key done: type RSA debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: No more authentication methods to try. Permission denied (publickey).