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Aug 10, 2009, 10:18 PM
Post #1 of 1
I have been at this long far too long, hopefully someone more familiar
ssh-add, ssh-agent, OS X keychain
with ssh and how it interacts with OS X and the OS X keychain will be
able to point me in the right direction.
In short, I am trying to remove my identities from ssh. However, OS X
seems to make this a bit mysterious.
From either a cold boot, or the login screen in OS X, open a shell,
and initiate an ssh session (ssh user [at] example). At this point, my
keys kick in, and an OS X secure password dialogue box is presented.
I am asked to enter in a password, and have the option to save it in
the OS X keychain. I chose to save it.
From that point forward, I can make any ssh login without being
pestered for a password. It seems that ssh-agent was started, with
the -l argument, which I can find no documentation as to what it does.
ssh-add -l shows that it is had loaded my key just fine.
If I reboot, or logout of my account, since my password has been saved
in the OS X keychain, any new ssh attempt will ask me to *unlock my
keychain*. ssh-add picks up the remote ssh password from the OS X
keychain, and allows me in.
I would like this behavior on wake from sleep. I have managed to get
OS X to run a script of my choosing on wake from sleep. However, no
command I seem to issue will reset ssh-agent back to the same state it
was in pre boot, or just after a user login.
With my ssh data now stored in the OS X keychain, here is a working
1) Logout of OS X
2) Login to my account on OS X
3) ssh user [at] example
4) Alert: please unlock your keychain
It is near step #1 that I want to mimic in script. I have tried:
launchctl stop org.openbsd.ssh-agent
ssh-add -l still shows me my fingerprint
launchctl unload /path/to/org.openbsd.ssh-agent.plist
launchctl load /path/to/org.openbsd.ssh-agent.plist
Secure password entry form, not the unlock keychain form, asking me if
I again want to save a password that already exists in the OS X
ssh-add -d and ssh-add -D
Secure password entry form, same as above.
I have also sent off kill commands to ssh-agent, which again, gives me
a secure password field, but not the unlock keychain request.
So far, the only way I can make this work, is to actually log out or
restart. Does anyone know how to restore the state of ssh-agent to
how is is just after a logout?
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