subtle changes in key format of key pairs generated with `ssh-keygen` on linux
Part of the pipeline includes deploying code to a remote host via ssh. I generated a new key pair with
ssh-keygen. This created a key with openssh new format starting with:
-----BEGIN OPENSSH PRIVATE KEY-----
Apparently ansible does not like this format and on the “Gathering facts” step erred out with the message “Invalid key”. Googling that was not very successful, and I could not find that particular message in the ansible source, until i eventually found an unrelated closed issue on github which pointed me towards possible problems with key formats.
Eventually i generated a new key pair like so
ssh-keygen -m PEM, the
-m option setting the key format. The key then had the starting line
-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
As far as i understand both keys are actually RSA keys, the latter’s PEM format being implied, whereas the former uses some new openssh format i was not previously aware of.
Earlier runs of
ssh-keygen did produce keys in the PEM format and as i am running Archlinux with OpenSSH_8.0p1, OpenSSL 1.1.1c 28 May 2019
One of the rolling updates to my system probably brought along this unexpected change.
Hope that helps somebody.