Connecting to a CentOs instance using SSH client


I have tried connecting to my CentOs-8 instance using SSH (Gitbash, Superputty), it's asking me for password that I am unaware of. While I do the same with Linux instance, I was able to connect it directly. Help me with this.

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Does the ssh command specify the key pair as below?

ssh -i ./key.pem centos@ec2-IP-Address

Also, if the public key permissions are not appropriate, SSH may not be possible with the key pair.

Lists the public keys (DSA, ECDSA, Ed25519, RSA) that can be used for logging in as this user. The format of this file is described above. The content of the file is not highly sensitive, but the recommended permissions are read/write for the user, and not accessible by others.
If this file, the ~/.ssh directory, or the user's home directory are writable by other users, then the file could be modified or replaced by unauthorized users. In this case, sshd will not allow it to be used unless the StrictModes option has been set to “no”.

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  • No, its not, the centos is replaced with ec2-user

  • I think SSH is possible if the key pair is configured correctly. What command are you running to connect?


Key-based authentication is tried initially, and if that fails then it goes on to ask for a password.

In addition to @Riku_Kobayashi's advice to ensure the private key is readable by you and nobody else, also make sure you are on the latest version of your SSH client, as some older versions use (what are now considered to be) insecure key-exchange algorithms which a newer OS like CentOS 8 may not trust.

And according to the CentOS website the correct username on CentOS 8 is centos

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