Adam O'Grady

SSH Permissions

When you’re setting up SSH on a new Linux install you need to be aware of the right permissions for your files - especially if you’re manually importing files from another installation. Below you’ll find a list of what permissions are required for what files/directories.

To set these permissions, just run chmod XXX FILENAME where you replace XXX with the permission number and FILENAME with the file/path.

  • .ssh directory - 700 - this makes it not writeable by other users.
  • Private key (such as id_rsa) - 600 - non-writeable by other users and not executable by anyone
  • Public key (such as - 644 - readable by other users (such as other services attempting to authenticate) and non-executable
  • authorized_keys - 644 - readable by other users, non executable