This one has me stumped. On all the Red Hat servers we have ssh remote login to root is disabled by setting 'PermitRootLogin no' in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. You can't ssh to the server using root but you can scp to the server using root.

Now I've taken over management of a server I didn't install (and the person who did is no longer here). It has ''PermitRootLogin no' as well. So you can't ssh to it using root but when I try to scp using root I get this:

root@host's password:
debug3: packet_send2: adding 64 (len 55 padlen 9 extra_pad 64)
debug2: we sent a password packet, wait for reply
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password,keyboard-interactive
Permission denied, please try again.
I've searched all over the manpages, forums, and google but can't figure out what's the difference. I assume the 'Permission denied' refers to some file. Any ideas?