This article covers how to setup an SSH key-based authentication as well how to connect to your Linux server without entering a password.
To set up a passwordless SSH login in Linux all you need to do is to generate a public authentication key and append it to the remote hosts ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file.
To Disable SSH Password Authentication
To add an extra layer of security to your server you can disable the password authentication for SSH.
Before disabling the SSH password authentication make sure you can log in to your server without a password and the user you are logging in with has sudo privileges.
The following steps describe how to configure sudo access:
1. Log into your remote server with SSH keys, either as a user with sudo privileges or root:
# ssh sudo_user@server_ip_address
2. Open the SSH configuration file /etc/ssh/sshd_config, search for the following directives and modify as it follows:
3. Once you are done save the file and restart the SSH service.
On Ubuntu or Debian servers, run the following command:
# sudo systemctl restart ssh
On CentOS or Fedora servers, run the following command:
# sudo systemctl restart sshd