This guide documents how OpenSSH should be configured on Gentoo Infrastructure servers.
Gentoo Infrastructure guidelines for running SSH
SSH is currently the only approved method of obtaining a remote shell on a server. rsh, telnet and other insecure methods are not allowed. When configuring SSH, the following guidelines should be adhered to:
- SSHv2 only -- never configure sshd to support version 1 of the SSH protocol. It has known weaknesses with the way it encrypts data.
- DSA keys -- DSA keys are preferred over RSA keys
- No root login -- remote root login is not allowed. Users should login using their regular ID and then use sudo and/or su
- No password authentication -- where possible users should be required to use DSA keys to authenticate.
Unless specified above, the default values used in /etc/ssh/sshd_config are acceptable and should not be overridden without prior approval from the Gentoo Infrastructure project manager.
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