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Old 05-09-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Limit SSH user based on local IP address?

I suspect this is not possible but I'll ask.

For machine where SSHd is listening on multiple IP addresses, is it possible to block certain users logging in based on the IP address they are connecting to?

Listening on and
User amir should be allowed to log in on but NOT
User mary is allowed on but not on

Again, these are the IP addresses the user is connecting TO not FROM.

I think I could do this by running multiple sshd instances but can I do it with a single one?

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Old 05-09-2015, 06:10 PM   #2
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You might be able to accomplish this without needing to run multiple instances of sshd for each IP you're binding if you're version of OpenSSH supports the use of Match. Should be 4.4p1 and newer, so anything recent should have it... I hope...

man sshd_config
Match   Introduces a conditional block.  If all of the criteria on the
        Match line are satisfied, the keywords on the following lines
        override those set in the global section of the config file,
        until either another Match line or the end of the file.  If a
        keyword appears in multiple Match blocks that are satisified,
        only the first instance of the keyword is applied.

        The arguments to Match are one or more criteria-pattern pairs or
        the single token All which matches all criteria.  The available
        criteria are User, Group, Host, LocalAddress, LocalPort, and
        Address.  The match patterns may consist of single entries or
        comma-separated lists and may use the wildcard and negation oper
        ators described in the PATTERNS section of ssh_config(5).

I've not used it in this manner, but maybe something like the following will work for you.

Match LocalAddress
  AllowUsers amir

Match LocalAddress
  AllowUsers mary

Last edited by rayfordj; 05-10-2015 at 05:13 PM. Reason: Correction: AllowUser -> AllowUsers
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #3
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Yes, perfect! Tested and confirmed. Couldn't have been easier.

Notice in your example, you used AllowUser which should be AllowUsers

Thank you!
Old 05-10-2015, 05:14 PM   #4
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Good catch... I was in a bit of a hurry when I was posting to you and going from memory rather than consulting the documentation. I've corrected it so anybody else coming along reviewing it will have accurate options demonstrated.



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