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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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Using ssh-keygen to Enable Key-Based Logins

There is a weak link in the SSH system, and, inevitably, it lies with users. No matter what lengths system administrators go to in training users to be careful with their passwords, monitors around the world have Post-it notes attached to them with pAssw0rd written on them. Sure, it has a mix of letters and numbers, but it can be cracked in less than a second by any brute-force method. Brute-forcing is the method of trying every password possibility, starting with likely words (such as password and variants, or god) and then just trying random letters (for example, a, aa, ab, ac, and so on).

Even very strong passwords are no more than about 16 characters; such passwords take a long time to brute-force ...

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