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I'm new in this topic and I'm asking myself how I have to configure my production server in relation to SSH. What is the best way?

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"It depends"

Is it a publicly accessible server? If so, you may want to run it on a non-standard port (popular security-by-obscurity tactic that keeps away ssh probers), disallow password authentication (might be a good idea anyway), disallow root authentication (see previous point), restrict access with iptables or set up fail2ban and iptables rules that limit connections/minute.

If not, you may want to relax some of these constraints.

A few tips that always apply:

  • Disable ssh version 1
  • Some of Ubuntu's defaults are great, don't mess with them. I mean these:
    • UsePrivilegeSeparation yes
    • StrictModes yes
    • RSAAuthentication yes
    • PubkeyAuthentication yes
    • IgnoreRhosts yes
    • RhostsRSAAuthentication no
    • HostbasedAuthentication no
    • PermitEmptyPasswords no
    • TCPKeepAlive yes
    • AcceptEnv LANG LC_*
  • If you authenticate against ldap, use ldap to store public keys too
  • Keep an eye on /var/log/auth.log for failed logins
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