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Re: SSH server under attack...
From: Rembrandt <rembrandt () jpberlin de>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 02:06:11 +0100

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On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 23:21:17 +0100
Robert Larsen <robert () the-playground dk> wrote:

I "solved" this problem by disabling password authentication and only 
permitting rsa authentication.
These options in sshd's config file do the trick:
PasswordAuthentication no
RSAAuthentication yes
PubkeyAuthentication yes

Bruteforce exspects a fast connection because if you try to brute-force
with just 2 trials a minute you'll have mostly no succes.

If you're using OpenBSD you could do the followring:

pass in on $ext_if proto tcp to $web_server \
     port 22 flags S/SA keep state \
     (max-src-conn 10, max-src-conn-rate 3/10, overload <younerve>
flush)

This would simply drop every Computer wich tries to connect faster then
3 times in 10 seconds.

Just for the case that you're using OpenBSD.
I don't know if a Linuxfirewall could do the same.
You could clean this table e.g. weekly by a cron-job.
Or daily or so on.. depends to your needs.

Additional you should have such a rule too:
block drop in quick from <younerve>

So all further communication with this host gets droped.
Addtinional you should maybe use these sshd.conf-Options too:

PasswordAuthentication no
LoginGraceTime 0s
MaxAuthTries 0

Puplickey-Authentication should still work without any problem.


Kind regards,
Rembrandt

p.s.
You may wanna use the synproxy-Option in pf...
- -- 
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So accapt the dark side in you.
Hate leads me to victory, so give me a war.
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