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KB-8041: Does Centrify support SSH login using SmartCard?

29 December,16 at 07:01 PM

Applies to: All versions of Centrify Suite with Stock OpenSSH or Centrify OpenSSH


Does Centrify support SSH login using SmartCard?


This is not currently an option. Neither Stock OpenSSH  nor the Centrify version of OpenSSH currently support the use of Smart Cards directly for authentication.

SmartCard on supported Linux platforms can only be used when logging onto the machine directly either from the CLI or Gnome desktop.

SmartCards can only be used  via command line login on UNIX platforms (AIX, Solaris, HPUX).  Due to the fact that they use proprietary desktops and Centrify does not have access to their code.
Supported Linux platforms  can use SmartCard login via Gnome desktop as it is open source.


Customer can utilize SmartCards to log into their Windows systems and then SSH to their supported Linux/Unix systems using Single Sign On (SSO)  via their Kerberos credentials in environments where SSH login using Username/Password is not allowed.