X2Go Bug report logs - #448
x2goclient won't connect with ssh agent (Q: Who was so afraid of the NSA that he disabled agent communication in x2go?)

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Package: x2goclient; Maintainer for x2goclient is X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>; Source for x2goclient is src:x2goclient.

Reported by: Stefan Baur <newsgroups.mail2@stefanbaur.de>

Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:55:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: pending

Found in version

Fixed in version

Done: Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@das-netzwerkteam.de>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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To: submit@bugs.x2go.org, Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@das-netzwerkteam.de>, 
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Subject: x2goclient won't connect with ssh agent (Q: Who was so afraid of
 the NSA that he disabled agent communication in x2go?)
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Package: x2goclient

(I'm filing this against b/c it's still present there. If bugs
should be filed against the version they initially appeared in, please
let me know)

not affected: with PulseAudio 0.9.6
not affected: with PulseAudio 0.9.6
possibly affected (untested) with PulseAudio 0.9.6
affected: with PulseAudio 0.9.6

The followin issue has been observed on Windows; whoever takes care of
this should also check if the same issue occurs on Linux and Mac when
using the ssh agents shipped with these operating systems.

Situation: with PulseAudio 0.9.6 and older clients allowed the use of an
external SSH agent that loads and memorizes SSH private keys (so you
don't have to re-enter your private key's passphrase whenever you try to
In my case, this SSH agent was "Pageant" from the PuTTY package.

With, using the same (registry-stored) settings
as before, x2goclient.exe pops up a dialog box asking me for my private
key's password. Which it does over and over again, without ever connecting.
To me, it looks like it's asking for the password for a non-existant
private key, the key with the file name "", thus it always fails.

Someone tried to add/fix code regarding ssh public key authentication
(maybe something to do with bug #322?), took care of whatever issue
there was with private key file handling by x2goclient itself, but
overlooked the possibility that an external ssh agent might be involved.

Net Result:
SSH public key login using an SSH agent is effectively broken in (and possibly, up to (nightly
build), and probably still broken in the current source.

Sounds like a case for one of our two Mikes ...


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