I had an issue in ubuntu 13.10 and 12.10 where attempting to connect to github (git clone / pull / push or anything) would fail with no output.

I checked my /.ssh directory for config and any ssh keys. Had no config file and the ssh key for id_rsa was the same one that was live on my github.com account.

I attempted to ping the github servers and was able too.

I followed the github guide to debug the situation - it suggests

ssh -T -v [email protected]

The output stops at:

debug1: sending SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_INIT
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY

Anyone have a solution to allow my git pull / push etc to work.

2 Answers 2


The solution was found here: SSH works in putty but not terminal

in Ubuntu 13.10/12.10, login and gain sudo access.

Edit /etc/ssh/ssh_config, uncomment the following lines

Ciphers aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,arcfour256,arcfour128,aes128-cbc,3des-cbc
GSSAPIAuthentication yes
GSSAPIDelegateCredentials no
MACs hmac-md5,hmac-sha1,[email protected],hmac-ripemd160

Add the following line

HostKeyAlgorithms ssh-rsa,ssh-dss

You should end up with your /etc/ssh/ssh_config file looking like this

Host *
Ciphers aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,arcfour256,arcfour128,aes128-cbc,3des-cbc
MACs hmac-md5,hmac-sha1,[email protected],hmac-ripemd160
SendEnv LANG LC_*
HashKnownHosts yes
GSSAPIAuthentication yes
GSSAPIDelegateCredentials no
HostKeyAlgorithms ssh-rsa,ssh-dss

Now run ssh -T -v [email protected] and it will ask you to add the server to your known hosts file. Hit yes, and then it should welcome you to the server.

Hi ****! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.
  • 1
    Old question but: can you tell me why the problem emerges and how the addition of these lines resolves it?
    – paljenczy
    May 12, 2016 at 15:29
  • Linked answer explains it
    – musicin3d
    Sep 16, 2019 at 16:07

Change the network interface MTU to solve it. This is a bug for ubuntu 14.04.

This worked for me:

sudo ip li set mtu 1200 dev wlan0

ssh fails to connect to VPN host - hangs at 'expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY'

  • for arch that’s sudo ip li set mtu 1200 dev vpn0 Aug 6, 2015 at 21:41
  • It fixed the issue for me but why was it an issue in the first place? What does it do? Mar 8, 2021 at 7:40

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