Friday, June 15, 2012

Fixing SSH Daemon - Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory

Then you are unable to connect to your ssh server with your PEM (or PPK) key with connection refused message check the /var/log/auth.log file.
If you see something similar to:
sshd: Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory /Your/Home/Path
You have a home directory permission problem.
change to that user if not already one and execute:
chmod go-w ~/
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys 
It will restore your permissions and you should be able to connect.

 Provided by: SiQ systems, Cloud experts

2 comments:

Ramaprasad Hosur Narayana Iyengar said...

Thanks,

after lot of search,

this post worked fine

Vignesh K said...

Thank u so much , working fine