How to use Agent Forwarding with sudo
Posted on February 10, 2017
This is apparently a pretty common thing to do but I was unaware. It’s pretty simple once you know about it and I’m just blogging about it to remember:
# SSH into the machine with the -A argument: $ ssh -A user@host -p 314 # Once on the machine if you need to use sudo # use the -E argument to save the environment: $ sudo -E su
Some concerns are that a clever person on the machine can use your credentials to do nefarious things.
This is useful for allowing you to use your ssh-keys (such as github, or SSHing into other machines using a key) from your local machine on remote machines.
You will need to ensure that your ssh config
~/.ssh/config contains (I put mine at the top)
ForwardAgent yes for this to work.