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Editing public keys generated by SecureCRT and ssh.com clients

SSH 2.0 public keys generated by SecureCRT and ssh.com clients contain comments and line breaks that make the public keys useless. You must edit the generated public keys before SecureAdmin can use them.

Steps

  1. Remove any text that is not part of the public key.
  2. Remove line breaks and spaces to make the public key one continuous string of characters.
  3. Before the first character of the public key, add ssh-rsa followed by a space.

Examples of editing keys generated by SecureCRT

The following is an example of an SSH 2.0 public key generated by a SecureCRT client. The generated public key contains extra text and line breaks at the end of each line.
---- BEGIN SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ----
Subject: john
Comment: "john@johnnt"
AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAAAgQDJhJ6nk+2hm5iZnx737ZqxFgksPl3+OY1cP80s
1amXuUrwBp3/MUODEP5E51lzqjO0w5kyJlvPjCiLg9UqS7JeY5yd/6xyGarsde26De1E
rbVJ1uqnxyAOlV9A1hjBE8TbI+lyYBH+WezT0nySix6VBQTAWhv43r9lSudswYV80Q==
---- END SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ----
The following is the public key after removing text that is not part of the public key, removing line breaks at the end of each line, and adding ssh-rsa at the beginning of the public key.
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAAAgQDJhJ6nk+2hm5iZnx737ZqxFgksPl
3+OY1cP80s1amXuUrwBp3/MUODEP5E51lzqjO0w5kyJlvPjCiLg9UqS7JeY5yd/6xy
Garsde26De1ErbVJ1uqnxyAOlV9A1hjBE8TbI+lyYBH+WezT0nySix6VBQTAWhv43r
9lSudswYV80Q==