Did you increase the max retrys in sshd_config?
The default is:

MaxAuthTries 6


Zembower, Kevin wrote:

>Gian and Raz, thank you for your suggestions.
>
>Gian, I'm able to logon with PreferredAuthentications=password. However,
>after I send my public key, I still can't make a connection:
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>[root@xxx2 ~]# cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh -o
>PreferredAuthentications=password xxx.xxx.xxx 'umask 022; cat
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>>>~/.ssh/authorized_keys'
>>>
>>>

>root@xxx.xxx.xxx password:
>[root@xxx2 ~]# ssh xxx.xxx.xxx
>Connection closed by xx.xxx.xxx.xxx
>[root@xxx2 ~]#
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>Raz, I think you're on to something, suspecting that there's a problem.
>I get this message in /var/log/auth.log when the connection fails:
>
>Mar 21 11:42:20 main sshd[16735]: fatal: buffer_get: trying to get more
>bytes 129 than in buffer 36
>main:/var/log#
>
>After searching on Google, I found this solution involving improper line
>endings in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys:
>https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla...g.cgi?id=64972. Their
>solution was to erase the key in question, which I had done previously.
>However, I noticed that the key preceding the one in question seemed to
>be malformed. It was much longer than the other ssh-rsa keys, and
>contained spaces, which the other ones did not. Removing this key solved
>the problem. I can now log on using either password or public key.
>
>Thank you all very much for your help and suggestions.
>
>-Kevin Zembower
>
>----Original Message-----
>From: Roland Turner (Security Focus)
>[mailto:raz.frphevglsbphf.pbz@raz.cx]
>Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 11:15 AM
>To: secureshell@securityfocus.com
>Subject: Re: Why am I sending the publickey?
>
>On Mon, 2006-03-20 at 10:12 -0500, Zembower, Kevin wrote:
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>>debug1: Authentications that can continue:
>>publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
>>debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
>>debug1: Trying private key: /root/.ssh/identity
>>debug1: Offering public key: /root/.ssh/id_rsa
>>Connection closed by xx.xx.xx.xx
>>[root@xxx .ssh]#
>>
>>I don't understand why it's trying the publickey method.
>>
>>On the remote host, I've removed the lines in /root/.ssh/authorized
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>keys
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>>for the host I'm coming from, and restarted sshd,
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>>

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>Your client is offering a key because your server is indicating a
>willingness to accept one (this is controlled by sshd_config, not
>authorized_keys).
>
>There's some brokenness here though; it's not clear why the connection
>is closing immediately after the public key is offered. It should refuse
>it, then move on to the other authorisation methods. A sudden closure
>suggests that your server process is aborting (e.g. a segmentation
>violation). How confident are you that your server build is reasonable?
>
>- Raz
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