Creating SSH Certificates

This setup assumes that a systems certificates for users are centrally located in /etc/ssh/authorized_keys/{USER}. See Centralize Authorized Key Files for service setup with public key authentication.

Generate Certificates

Always use a strong password on keys that is not your login password.

Generate 4096 bit RSA certificates & add user to SSH group.
ssh-keygen -b 4096 -t rsa -f /home/{USER}/.ssh/{USER}
cat /home/{USER}/.ssh/{USER}.pub >> home/{USER}/.ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 0600 /home/{USER}/.ssh/*
chmod 0640 /home/{USER}/.ssh/*.pub
addgroup {USER} ssh


The private key {USER} needs to be used to SSH into this host. Copy the publikc key {USER}.pub to the authorized_keys on other hosts to be able to login to those hosts.