Enable user/password auth over SSH on EC2 Ubuntu AMIs

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If you really need to access your EC2 Ubuntu instances using user/pass combo instead of the default key-pair files, just edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and make sure that the following property is set to yes:

PasswordAuthentication yes

Needless to say, this is less secure so be sure to cover up other holes on sshd_config such as PermitEmptyPasswords and PermitRootLogin.