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If SSH keys are set, will reseting root pasword help to log in to server?

Posted March 8, 2018 1.2k views
SecurityUbuntu 16.04

If a user has set SSH keys and I can’t login to server with root password, will the reset of root password help to regain access to server?
If I delete that users SSH keys, what will happen to root password access?

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Yes but you have to type the password in because copy and paste will result in a wrong password error! Had to do the same thing myself a few days ago on a test droplet.

Isn’t the whole idea of using sshkeys to not have a password for root?

  • It is, but what if you, as an Droplet owner, don’t have SSH key access, but someone else who admins your server has it, and you want to access your server without assistance of the admin from various reasons?

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