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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.44

(Home >> Security Center >> SSH Password Authorization Tweak)


This feature allows you to enable or disable password authorization for SSH authentication. If you disable password authorization, the system will force users to use keys when they use SSH to access your server.

How to manage SSH passwords

Click Enable Password Auth to enable SSH passwords, or click Disable Password Auth to disable them.

This will affect two settings in the SSH daemon configuration file ( /etc/sshd_config ):

Password AuthenticationPasswordAuthentication
(in the /etc/sshd_config file)
(in the /etc/sshd_config file)


  • If you enable this feature, the system will restart the SSH service and disconnect all of the connected users. This includes the root user.
  • Password Authorization settings also apply to the root user. Set up SSH keys through WHM's Manage Root's SSH Keys interface (Home >> Security Center >> Manage root's SSH Keys) if Password Authorization is disabled.
  • If Password Authorization is disabled, your users must use SSH keys. SSH keys for cPanel users can be set up in WHM's Manage Root's SSH Keys inferface (Home >> Security Center >> Manage root's SSH Keys).
  • In order to use the keys that you create in cPanel's GnuPG keys interface (cPanel >> Security >> GnuPG Keys), you must manually import them.