hosts.allow/deny are ignored?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by provell, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. provell

    provell New Member

    Hy Everyone,

    I have setup a debian/sarge webserver.
    To tighten security more I want to restrict ssh(putty) access to the server.
    Only 3 ipaddresses are allowed to connect to the server with ssh.

    The problem is that every howto I apply to the server is completly ignored by the server.:confused:

    I have tryed to setup my /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny but nothing works. Even having an empty hosts.allow file and only "sshd: ALL" in my hosts.deny file is still giving me access with ssh(putty).

    Is there something I missed in the configuration?

    If anybody could help me out here I would be verry thankfull.:D

    Rgds Edo
  2. bluegrass

    bluegrass New Member

    I don't know why it won't work with you. But when I tried this with my Debian Web Server it did work. Anyway, in my other server, I installed a Shorewall Firewall, and there I restricted the IP Addresses that can access my server remotely thru SSH and I don't have to configure anything on my hosts.allow/deny files.
  3. provell

    provell New Member



    So this should work on debian/sarge.

    I already have a firewall installed on the system and I don't want to mess with it to much so I thought this would be better.

    Thanks for the response anyway.

    Rgds Edo
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    What's in /etc/hosts.deny and /etc/hosts.allow?
  5. provell

    provell New Member

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    Hy Falco,

    I have done some addition reading and found the setup that I now have put in my /etc/hosts.allow file.

    sshd : : allow
    sshd : : allow
    sshd : : allow
    sshd : ALL : deny

    My /etc/hosts.deny file is empty(just some comments from the original debian installation)

    But this is still not working.:confused:

    I have installed this installation with a debian backport image of kernel 2.6.
    From here -> sarge-custom-1008.iso

    Then I followed the perfect debian setup and the ispconfig setup.
    There were no errors everything went verry smooth.

    Could it be a kernel/portmapper thing?

    Thanks for the intrest by the way.:cool:

    Rgds Edo
  6. edge

    edge Active Member Moderator

    Did you restart the SSH server?
  7. provell

    provell New Member


    Well I was not sure if sshd read the configuration or something else was.
    To be sure I just rebooted the whole server.

    After every change I made in my hosts.allow or deny file I rebooted the whole server just to be sure.

    And just to be sure I just did:;)
    /etc/init.d/ssh force-reload
    /etc/init.d/ssh restart

    But it is still not working.:confused:

    Thanks for the advice though.

    Are there some tests I could do to find determine the problem.
  8. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    sshd: *
    in /etc/hosts.deny and
    in /etc/hosts.allow.

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