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Old 05-17-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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Setting up sshd

Hi, I am behind I router and want to set up an ssh server on my computer.

I have installed open ssh server, and it has automatically added itself to services starting at boot, however sshd-xinetd is also there but has "start when requested" unchecked. Does this refer to an addition in the configuration for xinetd? Should both be checked? Should I only have ssh-xinetd?

Now, when setting up the router, I assume I just port forward the ssh port to my computer. My router has the ability to forward a wan port of X to a private port of Y. Should I do this for security reasons? What benefit could there be to running the server on a different port?

Finally, is there anything else I should do to increase the security of the SSH server?

Any info is appreciated
Old 05-17-2004, 08:48 AM   #2
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This is my and only my opinion :

I would say you dont have to change you remote port for anything else... Anyway, you will have to open something and that something WILL be scanned... Make sure OpenSSH is patched correctly if required.

You are right about the router, all you need is portforward.

Never heard about ssh-xinetd ... Mayby it is platform dependant or maybe ssh-agent (wich is a login helper)... But sshd is working fine ??!!?? If yes, I would say you're almost done :-)

Some Security Enhancement:

- No ROOT Login !!!!
- SSH2 protocole only

You could even go farther if you would like....

- No password authentification, only RSA keys (pretty restrictive)

That's it!


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