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Hack and Crack Proof SSH on Linux

Aug 06, 2007, 09:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M Williams)

"It's inevitable: if your computer is Internet-connected you will have people coming a-knockin'. Fortunately Linux users are more savvy than to think any keep-alive ping or other piece of Internet flotsam is a hack attempt. Even so, it's simply a matter of time before your router's lights flash heavily and /var/log/auth.log (/var/log/secure on Red Hat) fills with chilling messages like these:

$ tail /var/log/auth.log
Aug  1 20:23:41 zugzug sshd[15577]: (pam_unix) authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=
Aug  1 20:23:44 zugzug sshd[15577]: Failed password for invalid user edward from port 43812 ssh2

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