Arnold Roa asked:
My gitolite installation start to ask for password suddendly, I checked the
/var/log/secure file and found this.
sshd: User git not allowed because account is locked sshd: input_userauth_request: invalid user git
After a quick search i’ve read that the solution is
sudo passwd -u git
But this gaves this answer:
Unlocking password for user git. passwd: Warning: unlocked password would be empty. passwd: Unsafe operation (use -f to force)
I used -f to check and yes, it fixed the issue. But is there a security downside of doing this? I dont want this account to have a password, only use keys authentification.
The security downside is that now your
git user has no password, and anybody can log in to it without a password (or a key)!
To resolve the problem, the account should not be locked, but should have a password, even if nobody ever uses the password. Set a random password for the account, and make sure the ssh keys are working correctly.
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