sshd break-in attempt
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Wed Jan 3 06:06:53 PST 2007
Per olof Ljungmark wrote:
> Nathan Vidican wrote:
>> We keep getting attempts from what look like a username/password
>> scanner utility to login to our servers externally via sshd.
>> Thankfully, we're not ignorant enough to leave common account names
>> open, however it is annoying to say the least. We're getting things
>> like this:
>> Jan 1 09:07:34 fw sshd: Invalid user staff from 22.214.171.124
>> Jan 1 09:07:35 fw sshd: Invalid user sales from 126.96.36.199
>> Jan 1 09:07:36 fw sshd: Invalid user recruit from 188.8.131.52
>> Jan 1 09:07:37 fw sshd: Invalid user alias from 184.108.40.206
>> Jan 1 09:07:38 fw sshd: Invalid user office from 220.127.116.11
>> Jan 1 09:07:38 fw sshd: Invalid user samba from 18.104.22.168
>> Jan 1 09:07:39 fw sshd: Invalid user tomcat from 22.214.171.124
>> Jan 1 09:07:40 fw sshd: Invalid user webadmin from 126.96.36.199
>> Jan 1 09:07:41 fw sshd: Invalid user spam from 188.8.131.52
>> Jan 1 09:07:42 fw sshd: Invalid user virus from 184.108.40.206
>> Jan 1 09:07:43 fw sshd: Invalid user cyrus from 220.127.116.11
>> Jan 1 09:07:43 fw sshd: Invalid user staff from 18.104.22.168
>> Jan 1 09:07:44 fw sshd: Invalid user oracle from 22.214.171.124
>> In our 'periodic daily' report/email, (only the list goes on for
>> hundreds of attempts). Anyhow, long story short; is there not an easy
>> way to make sshd block or deny hosts temporarily if X number of
>> invalid login attempts are made within a minute's time? Must I use an
>> external wrapper to accomplish this, or can it be done with options
>> to sshd on it's own?
> There are several ways to block the attacks, one pointed out by first
> respondent, we use Denyhosts and sshblock here.
> Google should point you several others.
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As I have mentioned before here on this list, we use Blockhosts which
has been extremely effective in blocking these after X number of attempts.
You can find it here:
Give it a go, I think you'll be very happy with the results.
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