machine hangs on occasion - correlated with ssh break-in attempts

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Fri Aug 22 00:27:55 UTC 2008

On Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:03:09 -0700
Jeremy Chadwick <koitsu at> wrote:

> A different approach: consider putting sshd on a different port, rather
> than the default of 22.  A lot of people I know do this, solely to
> decrease the number of brute-force attempts you see above; I've never
> seen any of those brute-force attacking programs portscan, then attack
> against a port which returns a OpenSSH string.

+1 - obscurity definitely doesn't ADD to security , but it removes all the noise from your system.

Alternatively, you try port knocking ;)

> Finally, consider moving to pf instead, if you really feel ipfw is
> what's causing your machine to crash.  You might be pleasantly surprised
> by the syntax, and overall administrative usability (it is significantly
> superior to ipfw, IMHO).

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