BSD display

Geert Hendrickx geert.hendrickx at
Thu Sep 9 03:08:21 PDT 2004

On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 05:00:48PM +0200, Ruben de Groot wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 06:33:03AM -0700, steveb99 typed:
> > Thank you that was my motivation is security.  Same as you don't
> > display the last name that logged on, it gives a hacker half the info
> > they need to crack an account.  Displaying the OS helps a hacker know
> > which  approach cracking into a box.
> Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and change the line:
> #VersionAddendum FreeBSD-20030924
> to something like:
> VersionAddendum GO-AWAY!
> than restart sshd.
> cheers,
> Ruben

Yes, this seems to work.  Notice that this won't help OpenBSD people, as
they are the only ones who do not have the "p" (for portable) in their
OpenSSH version number.  You'd still know they are running OpenBSD. :-)  


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