Can SSH host keys of droplets be displayed on the DO dashboard?

  • Posted August 4, 2013

When SSHing into a droplet for the first time, ssh prompts me to verify the host’s SSH key fingerprint. One way to verify this is to VNC into the droplet and run ssh-keygen -lf [host key location]: it’s still a casual check but it’s better than nothing.

However, as far as I can tell, this cannot be done when setting up an initial SSH key, because the root password is either unset or set to something that cannot be feasibly guessed. I suppose it would be possible to

  1. create droplet with initial SSH key
  2. reset the root password
  3. wait for an email
  4. check the fingerprint

but that’s cumbersome. (Also, transmitting passwords in plaintext emails makes me uncomfortable.)

Would it be possible to display the SSH RSA/ECDSA host keys as part of the droplet information? (Alternatively, are host keys not relevant for authenticating a host in the DO context?)


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