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Re: [tlug] remote access to server


On Sat, 03 Jun 2017 14:59:49 +0900
Furkan Mustafa <> wrote:

> * Disable password login from /etc/ssh/sshd_config and use only public
> key authentication.


PasswordAuthentication no
UsePAM no

PAM needs to be disabled as well, becaues in most configurations
it allows password authentication.

> * Install fail2ban

Does not help as much as I hoped it would.
A lot of the password scans today are distributed from whole
subnets, which fail2ban doesn't really capture (even though
it has an option for this). I usually periodically grep 
through my /var/log/auth.log and see which of the subbnets
pop up often:

grep AllowUsers /var/log/auth.log.1|awk '{print $9}'|awk -F\. '{print $1"."$2"."$3}' | sort |uniq -c|sort -g

grep "Received disconnect" /var/log/auth.log.1|awk '{print $9}'|awk -F\. '{print $1"."$2"."$3}' | sort |uniq -c|sort -g

Yes, this is not optimal, and it could be automated a bit by matching
IP adresses to asigned ranges using whois or even to AS. But it works
well enough for me :-)

> * They won't be guessing your username/password. These kids try this
> forever. No need to worry IMHO.

They are also trying to exploit known bugs in ssh. There are still
many systems out there that have not seen an update in years and
are vulerable. Keep your system up to date!

> * Also, changing your ssh port from 22 to something else reduces this
> almost down to zero.

Not anymore. Script kiddies started to run nmap and port authentification
a couple of years ago.
> * Also, some people install tor to their servers, and publish their ssh
> access as a tor hidden service, and connect to their servers over tor.
> Only if you need to go extreme I guess.

Now that's an interesting approach.
I have to look into that :-)

			Attila Kinali

You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common.
They don't alters their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to
fit the views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the
facts that needs altering.  -- The Doctor

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