Mac OS X ssh quickie

Are you getting these messages in your console log when you make a new user on Mac OS X and then try to ssh in to the computer with that new user name?

Aug  6 12:33:25 example sshd[7296]: in pam_sm_authenticate(): Failed to determine Kerberos principal name
Aug  6 12:33:29 example sshd[7294]: error: PAM: authentication error for user from via
Aug  6 12:33:29 example sshd[7297]: in pam_sm_authenticate(): Failed to determine Kerberos principal name.
Aug  6 12:33:32 example sshd[7294]: error: PAM: user account has expired for user from via

Then don’t do what I did. After googling to no avail, I went so far as to completely reinstall Mac OS X. No good.

[Update: Actually, what I did was clone a different system that I had recently set up and used it as the “new installation”. Had I done a total, from DVD reinstallation, it would have fixed the problem but I wouldn’t have discovered the cause.]

The answer? Make sure you didn’t set the Remote Login preferences in System Preferences/Sharing to “Only these users” and then forget to add the new user to the list!


Hopefully this will help the next person who’s looking for the answer.

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2 comments on “Mac OS X ssh quickie
  1. John says:

    It did help! Thanks.

  2. Atreya says:

    Wow! I have been hitting my head against the wall with this for almsot a month now.

    I can’t believe that this isn’t better documented.

    Thank you!