Allowing SSH password access Amazon EC2

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If you use the standard Amazon Linux AMI images and why would you not!!!! there is a work around needed if you want to give third part access via ssh to the server, using username and password authentication.

 

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THIS AS IF YOU DO THIS WRONG YOU WILL LOCKED OUT OF YOUR SERVER

It is also not the recommendation of Amazon to do this, but sometime you have to, such is life. Just make sure that you choose a kick ass hard password and it mitigates the security concerns a little bit.

 

Make sure that you always have a couple of active ssh sessions open before you start this, once there is a session open if this do not work it is easy to undo them.

 

Create a user with a very strong password to start with. I am not going into how to do this…

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