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Five-Minutes to a More Secure SSH 04.22.06

Posted by wimac in *nix.
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Here is a quick way to drastically improve the security of your OpenSSH server installations. Apart from past flaws in the OpenSSH daemon itself that have allowed remote compromise (very rare), most break-ins result from successful brute-force attacks. You can see them in your firewall, system or auth logs, they are an extremely common form of attack. Here is an excerpt from the /var/log/messages file on a CentOS Linux box (the attacking hostname has been obfuscated). You can see multiple attempts to login as users root and ftp. Also note the time between repeated attempts – one second or less, much too quick to be a human. This is an automated attack.

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