FreeBSD, SSH and "Enter Authentication Response"

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I have a nitpicky question about logging into a FreeBSD machine and
SSH.  I'm using a minimal FreeBSD install and SSH Secure Shell client
v3.2.0 - the crux of the problem is I am unable to "smoothly" login.

When I login to my machine, I'm prompted to enter an "authentication
response".  A window is displayed with "Enter Authentication Response"
in the title bar, and two buttons at the bottom ('OK' and 'Cancel') -
the text says:

   Enter your authentication response.

If I enter my password, I'm prompted with another window that has the
same title in the title bar, but says the following only:

   Enter your authentication response.

I can then either select the 'OK' button or the 'Cancel' button.

If I choose cancel for the first dialogue box, I'm prompted with a
window that says "Enter Password" in the title bar and the text


This is the window I normally see when I login to other *nix servers
(mainly servers on the UC Berkeley campus, mostly SunOS 5.8 boxes).
Is the FreeBSD box doing something during the SSH authentication
process that causes the client not to display the enter password
dialogue as soon as I connect to the server?  How I can get my server
to simply prompt for my password the first time (e.g. can I make a
change such that I don't have to press 'OK' on a secod dialogue after
entering my password, or so that I don't have to press 'Cancel' first
and then enter my password?)

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