ssh-askpass-9.0p1

Introduction to ssh-askpass

The ssh-askpass is a generic executable name for many packages, with similar names, that provide a interactive X service to grab password for packages requiring administrative privileges to be run. It prompts the user with a window box where the necessary password can be inserted. Here, we choose Damien Miller's package distributed in the OpenSSH tarball.

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Development versions of BLFS may not build or run some packages properly if dependencies have been updated since the most recent stable versions of the book.

Package Information

ssh-askpass Dependencies

Required

GTK+-2.24.33, Sudo-1.9.11p3 (runtime), Xorg Libraries, and a graphical environment (runtime)

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/ssh-askpass

Installation of ssh-askpass

Install ssh-askpass by running the following commands:

cd contrib &&
make gnome-ssh-askpass2

Now, as the root user:

install -v -d -m755                    /usr/libexec/openssh/contrib  &&
install -v -m755    gnome-ssh-askpass2 /usr/libexec/openssh/contrib  &&
ln -sv -f contrib/gnome-ssh-askpass2   /usr/libexec/openssh/ssh-askpass

The use of /usr/libexec/openssh/contrib and a symlink is justified by the eventual necessity of a different program for that service.

Configuring ssh-askpass

Configuration Information

As the root user, configure Sudo-1.9.11p3 to use ssh-askpass:

cat >> /etc/sudo.conf << "EOF" &&
# Path to askpass helper program
Path askpass /usr/libexec/openssh/ssh-askpass
EOF
chmod -v 0644 /etc/sudo.conf

If a given graphical <application> requires administrative privileges, use sudo -A <application> from an x-terminal, from a Window Manager menu and/or replace "Exec=<application> ..." by "Exec=sudo -A <application> ..." in the <application>.desktop file.

Contents

Installed Programs: None
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/libexec/openssh/contrib