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Using the Yubikey4 for ssh key generation and storage as well as one-time-password generation. There are a ton of guides to a ton of subtly different methods of doing basically this, I mean only to provide a simple explanation of what worked for me.
Use gpg-agent instead of ssh-agent Disable ssh-agent if it is running. Use the script provided here
which is essentially keychain
but for gpg-agent. I put it in .bashrc rather than .xsession:
if test -f $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/gpg-agent-info && kill -0 $(head -n 1 $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/gpg-agent-info | cut -d: -f2) 2>/dev/null ; then
eval $(< $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/gpg-agent-info)
eval $(gpg-agent --daemon --enable-ssh-support --write-env-file $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/gpg-agent-info)
Does not work in GnuPG 2.1+ due to this
Generate an authentication key I used the method described here
to generate the authentication subkey on the Yubikey itself:
$ gpg2 --edit-key YOURKEY
Select authentication, provide expiry, create the key, and save. gpg2 -K should show the new key, and gpgkey2ssh AUTHKEY should provide a version for suitable authorized_keys. First access of the key will present a box for the PIN. After that PIN-less access and OTP generation should work until it is unplugged. I did not have to install any smart card related utilities for this to work as expected.
I found that despite being generated on the Yubikey the authentication private key remained on my local keychain. Removing it did not affect ssh behavior.
Last edited on 27 February 2016, at 05:54
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