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Securing Your GitHub Account with SSH Keys

Working with source control in your own public or private GitHub repository will be a common occurrence for most system administrators. Through the use of standard SSH tools, the student will learn how to generate a special SSH key that can be used to secure access to a private repository. At the end of this learning activity, the student will know how to generate, add, and use this SSH key to secure their access to private repositories.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Mar 30, 2018

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  1. Challenge

    Create the SSH Key to Use to Secure Access to GitHub

    Creating a specific key to be used to authenticate the 'cloud_user' account on the provisioned system with your GitHub account can be done as follows:


    Now we need to view the contents of the file that was created:

    cat .ssh/

    Let's copy it. Over in our GitHub account, if we get into our account's Settings, there's a menu option (on the left) for SSH and GPG keys. In there, we can click New SSH key. There's a web form here. Let's give our key a meaningful name (like lab server) in the Title spot, and paste our key's contents into the Key spot.

  2. Challenge

    Create a Git Clone

    Now we can create a Git clone:

    git clone [email protected]:linuxacademy/content-source-control-git.git

    After we run that, we'll get the usual The authenticity of host... message. We can just type yes here, and should see the Git repo get cloned locally.

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