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Bitbucket pipelines | Host key verification failed

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March 16, 2023

Having an issue with bitbucket pipelines, throwing Host key verification failed.


image: php:7.3.3
      - step:
          name: Deploying in Development
          deployment: development
            - node
            - apt-get update && apt-get install -y openssh-client
            - apt update && apt install -y unzip rsync wget
            - echo "Cloning Project" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "rm -rf $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && mkdir $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && git clone --branch $BITBUCKET_BRANCH https://$REPO_CRED/trustanalytica/react-client.git $RELEASE_DIR_TMP"
            - echo "Copy env file" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "cp $APP_ROOT/env.$BITBUCKET_BRANCH.client $RELEASE_DIR_TMP/.env"
            - echo "Install Dependencies" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && yarn install"
            - echo "Build" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && yarn build"
            - echo "Deploy" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && ./"

I have the following settings with ssh on the instance.


  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
  StrictHostKeyChecking no

I have added my .pub key in authorized_keys and in known_hosts, ssh-rsa xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


On the bitbucket side, the following are the repository variables

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I have also added my server public IP and hostname to Known hosts in bitbucket > repository settings > pipelines > ssh keys -> known hosts.

Please note that the public and private key are generated with ssh-keygen on server itself which are id_rsa and, I then copied and pasted the public and private keys to bitbucket > repository settings > pipelines > ssh keys.

The actual exception :

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Really don't have any idea what is missing.

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Theodora Boudale
Atlassian Team
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April 12, 2023

Hi @Shafee and welcome to the community.

  • Is the server you are trying to connect to up and running?
  • Do the directories ~/.ssh and ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on that server have permissions 700 and 600 respectively?

I would suggest modifying the following command in your bitbucket-pipelines.yml file

- echo "Cloning Project" && ssh -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "rm -rf $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && mkdir $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && git clone --branch $BITBUCKET_BRANCH https://$REPO_CRED/trustanalytica/react-client.git $RELEASE_DIR_TMP"

as follows:

- echo "Cloning Project" && ssh -vvv -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -tt $TABACK_SSH_USER@$DEV_SERVER "rm -rf $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && mkdir $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && cd $RELEASE_DIR_TMP && git clone --branch $BITBUCKET_BRANCH https://$REPO_CRED/trustanalytica/react-client.git $RELEASE_DIR_TMP"

Temporarily, just for testing purposes. I have added -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no to the ssh command, and also the argument -vvv, which should show more verbose output.

Do you get a successful connection with this command? If not, what is the output of the command? (please mask any private/sensitive info from the output prior to sharing).

Kind regards,

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