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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 16, 2022

SSH key passphrases/agent support in ACS

ACS only supports passwords and keys without a passphrase. It would be ideal to have SSH keys that are protected by a passphrase, but ACS doesn't support that. Furthermore, even if passphrases are supported, supporting an agent would be even better, as it would reduce the amount that passwords need to be typed, and open the door to advanced SSH key setups (i.e. using things like Yubikeys).

Use Case:

We have users with passphrase protected SSH keys that aren't able to use functionality in ACS that uses SSH (i.e. package management).

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jul 29, 2023
    SSH key passphrases will be supported in our next update available in August 2023

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Mar 3, 2022

    IBM has received this request and will consider it for a future code update. No commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
    Feb 16, 2022

    Yes, I have a passphrase-protected SSH key. When I try to authenticate to the Open Source Package Management window, I receive the error message: "MSGGEN003 - An Input/Output error occurred. (invalid privatekey: [nnnnnnnn])"

    I imagine that many users who have private keys will also have a passphrase on the key.