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The server's host key is not cached in the registry. You have no guarantee that the server is the computer (in server task log after deploying McAfee Agent to a Mac fails)
Technical Articles ID:   KB89075
Last Modified:  7/10/2018

Environment

McAfee Agent (MA) 5.x
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 5.x

Problem

Deploying MA to Mac computers running recent versions of ssh-server fails with error messages similar to the following recorded in the server task log:
20170330160445 I #05584 NAIMSERV Pushing agent install, source:Current/EPOAGENT3700MACX/Install/0409, target system: 10.30.26.194
20170330160446 I #05584 NAIMSERV Connecting to 10.30.26.194 port 22
20170330160446 I #05584 NAIMSERV We claim version: SSH-2.0-PuTTY_Release_0.68
20170330160446 I #05584 NAIMSERV Server version: SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_7.2
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Using SFTP
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Connected to 10.30.26.194
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Sending file install.sh, size=6470069
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Sent EOF message
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Server sent command exit status 0
20170330160450 X #05584 MCUPLOAD SecureHttp.cpp(362): Certificate 17 name: ITS-ROOT-CA.
20170330160450 X #05584 MCUPLOAD SecureHttp.cpp(395): Enumerated 17 certificates.
20170330160450 I #05584 NAIMSERV Copied C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\mfe217495781.tmp\install.sh to 10.30.26.194 successfully


20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Connecting to 10.30.26.194 port 22
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV We claim version: SSH-2.0-PuTTY_Release_0.66
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Server version: SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_7.2
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Using SSH protocol version 2
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Using SSH protocol version 2
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Server supports delayed compression; will try this later
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Doing Diffie-Hellman group exchange
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Doing Diffie-Hellman key exchange with hash SHA-256
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Host key fingerprint is:
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV ssh-rsa 2048 24:a3:11:36:ee:e6:f0:6f:46:b3:a7:cc:cc:ba:67:0b
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV The server's host key is not cached in the registry. You
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV have no guarantee that the server is the computer you
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV think it is.
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV The server's rsa2 key fingerprint is:
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV ssh-rsa 2048 24:a3:11:36:ee:e6:f0:6f:46:b3:a7:cc:cc:ba:67:0b
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Connection abandoned.
20170330160451 I #05584 NAIMSERV Disconnected: Aborted at host key verification

Cause

The installer copies correctly to the Mac computer, but it fails while executing the installer scripts because of a version mismatch of the plink.exe file.
 

Solution

Replace the plink.exe file with the 0.68 version to match the PSCP.exe file 0.68 version.

Download this file version from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html.

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