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Re: Any update on SSH brute force attempts?
From: Kevin <KKadow () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 23:23:35 -0500
On Sat, 16 Oct 2004 14:57:31 +1300, James Riden <j.riden () massey ac nz> wrote:
Jay Libove <libove () felines org> writes:
What are you doing/changing about your SSH configurations to reduce the
possibility of these attacks finding any kind of hole in the OpenSSH
software (that's what I run, so that's the only version I'm particularly
concerned about) ? Are you doing anything at all?
Use one time passwords (OTP, e.g. S/Key).
Restrict which addresses are allowed to connect (via
/etc/hosts.allow), and/or which user accounts are allowed from which
sources (using AllowUsers in sshd_config).
I l prefer to bind the listener to a specific IP address on hosts with
multiple addresses, the BOFH might choose to have a tarpit *:22/TCP
listener on hosts with many alias IPs..
One or more of the following, depending on local requirements:
* Run on a non-standard port - this will stop brain-dead scanning programs
* Use key-based auth instead of passwords
* Restrict what IP addresses are allowed to connect (at your firewall)
* Disable root logins
* Use john or crack to audit password strength
* Use logwatch or similar to monitor failed login attempts
* Make a honeypot and see what techniques people are trying out
(Everyone's forcing version 2 of the protocol, right?)
$ sudo tail -5 /etc/ssh/sshd_config
I'm sorely tempted to forgo SSH for telnet encapsulated in SSL (via
stunnel), with non-reusable passwords. Anybody else remember "Stel"?
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