Can I add an SSH key to an existing droplet using my DigitalOcean credentials?

July 20, 2015 10.2k views
Security Configuration Management DigitalOcean Debian

Is it possible to add an SSH key to a droplet without using the existing keys to log in?

I think this is possible by booting the recovery kernel, mounting the filesystem, and modifying /root/.ssh/authorized_keys, but that would involve manually typing in the SSH key, as the console access doesn’t appear to support copy-pasting.

Do I understand correctly that access to my DO account can be used to gain root access to an instance how I described above, and is there any simpler way of doing so?

2 Answers

These Digital Ocean guides linked below should help:

How To Connect To Your Droplet with SSH

How To Set Up SSH Keys

by Etel Sverdlov
SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a virtual private server with SSH than using a password alone. With SSH keys, users can log into a server without a password. This tutorial explains how to generate, use, and upload an SSH Key Pair.

I’m afraid not - I’m talking about recovering access to a droplet without using the SSH keys already on it.

  • Oh I think I see what you mean now. Don’t think there is.

    Can only suggest opening a support ticket.

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