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Fixing Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory

If you get this error in your logs when trying to setup public key authenticated automatic logins, the problem is a permissions one.

You’ll need to perform the following commands on the user account you are trying to setup:

chmod go-w ~/
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

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  • Published 07/16/10

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