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Re: OT: Safe to access SSH server from work?

Hello List,

On 05/05/11 23:14, George wrote:
I have a computer at home that I'm doing some research on and I set up
an SSH server on it so I can access it from other computers at home. I
haven't opened up the network to the internet yet though, as I'm not
confident enough that it is safe.

What are the configuration steps that I will need to do on the server
and the client to be able to work access the computer from my

Very briefly, on your home box:
0] install appropriate harden Debian packages;
1] set up a firewall (e.g, firehol Debian package);
2] in /etc/hosts.allow limit access to sshd accordingly (sshd: <WORKPLACE IP>);
3] configure the /etc/ssh/sshd_config to allow only a small set of users (sshd_config AllowUsers),
basically only you;
4] use public keys rather than passwords.

I guess that the list is incomplete, but it is certainly a good start.


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