Slow ssh connectivity with Ubuntu

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$ '''sudo perl -p -i.$(date +%Y%m%d) -e '/^#/ or s/GSSAPIAuthentication yes/GSSAPIAuthentication no/' /etc/ssh/ssh_config'''
$ '''sudo perl -p -i.$(date +%Y%m%d) -e '/^#/ or s/GSSAPIAuthentication yes/GSSAPIAuthentication no/' /etc/ssh/ssh_config'''
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=== Configuration ===
 
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$ '''cat /etc/lsb-release'''
 
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DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
 
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DISTRIB_RELEASE=7.10
 
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DISTRIB_CODENAME=gutsy
 
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DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 7.10"
 
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$ '''ssh -V'''
 
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OpenSSH_4.6p1 Debian-5ubuntu0.1, OpenSSL 0.9.8e 23 Feb 2007
 

Revision as of 20:06, 5 February 2008

On my Ubuntu 7.10 system, connecting to certain hosts using ssh takes approximately 15 seconds. The culprit appears to be "Unspecified GSS failures" using GSSAPIAuthentication.

$ ssh -v host
...
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,gssapi-with-mic,password,hostbased
debug1: Next authentication method: gssapi-with-mic
debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
No credentials cache found 

debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
No credentials cache found 

debug1: Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information
...

As a workaround, disable GSSAPIAuthentication in the client-side configuration.

  • /etc/ssh/ssh_config for all users, or
  • ~/.ssh/config for only your account.
$ sudo perl -p -i.$(date +%Y%m%d) -e '/^#/ or s/GSSAPIAuthentication yes/GSSAPIAuthentication no/' /etc/ssh/ssh_config
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