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WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!

I was doing the same I always do to enrol myself in my university classes. It’s an ssh user@server program, what ever that means. Then from one day to another I received this error: “User:~ user$ ssh server @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @ WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED! @ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING NASTY! Someone could be eavesdropping on you right now (man-in-the-middle attack)! It is also possible that a host key has just been changed. The fingerprint for the RSA key sent by the remote host is SHA256:WsK15iIwIHek0BOwQ7ofG9iayZrXBgRXWMQURSaxUAY. Please contact your system administrator. Add correct host key in /Users/$USER/.ssh/known_hosts to get rid of this message. Offending RSA key in /Users/$USER/.ssh/known_hosts:1 RSA host key for rumad.uprm.edu has changed and you have requested strict checking. Host key verification failed.”

I don’t know what happened. I don’t even use Terminal for nothing else. If you can help me it would be amazing. Thank you


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Hello, @jeremymorales1

Have you made any changes like generating new ssh keys and etc?

You can edit the file and remove line 1 as per the message.

  1. nano +1 /Users/USER/.ssh/knownhosts

Then just delete the first line in the file and save the file then exit.

Offending RSA key in /Users/$USER/.ssh/known_hosts:1

You can also use ssh-keygen to delete the invalid key

ssh-keygen -R "you server hostname or IP address"

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex