Throttle SSH Connections

This entry was posted by Friday, 22 May, 2009
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I run this on my VPS to throttle SSH connections from dictionary attacks (OR disable keyboard based auth and alow only shared keys. No key, no access!).

Configure your services properly rather than relying on a firewall to secure you against lazy configurations. This is all I use IPTables for.


# iptables script.
# These lines are here in case rules are already in place and the script is ever rerun on the fly.
# We want to remove all rules and pre-exisiting user defined chains and zero the counters
# before we implement new rules.
/sbin/iptables -F
/sbin/iptables -X
/sbin/iptables -Z
/sbin/ip6tables -F
/sbin/ip6tables -X
/sbin/ip6tables -Z
# Drop all IPv6 connections.
/sbin/ip6tables -P INPUT DROP
# Create SSH chain.
/sbin/iptables -N SSH
/sbin/iptables -A SSH -m state --state NEW -m recent --update --seconds 600 --hitcount 3 -j DROP
/sbin/iptables -A SSH -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m recent --set
/sbin/iptables -A SSH -p tcp -j ACCEPT
# Jump ssh trffic to SSH chain.
/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j SSH

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