I am running CentOS release 6.2 (Final).

I want the sshd port of listen on ports 22 and 1022.

I have add the following lines to /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

Port 22
Port 1022

and restarted sshd and turned iptables off however I cannot connect to sshd on port 1022.

Even if I do the following

#Port 22
Port 1022

sshd continues listening on port 22 and does not listen on port 1022. I have tried other port values besides 1022 but no luck.


  • Choose a different alternative port than 1022. People like to use port 2222, for instance. – ewwhite Dec 24 '12 at 13:35

If you were using CentOS 5 the configuration you describe does work but a quick test suggests that sshd on CentOS 6 won't bind to any port below 1023 except 22 - I can't find a reference for this at the moment. If you want to access sshd on multiple ports then pick one >=1024.

Update - this is related to SELinux. Current policy doesn't allow sshd to bind to non standard ports below 1023 (as experiment confirms) e.g.

semanage port -l | grep 22
ssh_port_t                     tcp      22

If you want to add an additional port <=1023 you will have to explicitly allow it in SELinux

semanage port -a -t ssh_port_t  -p tcp 1022
semanage port -l | grep 22
ssh_port_t                     tcp      1022, 22

then restart sshd

netstat -tnlp
tcp      0    0*             LISTEN      25376/sshd
tcp      0    0*             LISTEN      25376/sshd
  • oh wow ... amazing – user1172468 Dec 24 '12 at 16:40
  • This appears necessary even for ports >=1024. – JJC Feb 9 '16 at 17:32
  • Yes, it's an SELinux issue. You can only bind to ports that are of type ssh_port_t. – user9517 Feb 9 '16 at 18:00

This is basically not recommended but anyway this is achieve-able.

cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config-another

Edit the sshd-config-another file and assign different port no and pid file.

Port 1022
PidFile /var/run/sshd-another.pid

Now run,

ln -s /usr/sbin/sshd /usr/bin/sshd-another
cp /etc/rc.d/init.d/sshd /etc/rc.d/init.d/sshd-another

Open the new init script and make changes accordingly.

# config: /etc/ssh/sshd_config-another
# pidfile: /var/run/sshd-another.pid
[ -f /etc/sysconfig/sshd-another ] && . /etc/sysconfig/sshd-another

Create /etc/sysconfig/sshd-second file.

OPTIONS="-f /etc/ssh/sshd_config-another"

Separate PAM configuration.

ln -s /etc/pam.d/sshd /etc/pam.d/sshd-another

Restart the service.

service sshd restart
service sshd-another restart

Chkconfig it.

chkconfig --add sshd-another
chkconfig on sshd-another
  • Hi Iain, can you point me to the documentation please. I must have been overlooking things then. – Soham Chakraborty Dec 24 '12 at 13:04
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    Look up the Port directive in man sshd_config. – user9517 Dec 24 '12 at 13:13
  • 4
    This answer is interesting but is an answer to a different question, which would be: can I run two different sshd instances with two different configs? And you're writing how to do it. This is useful in particular when some server has to ensure continuity of a ssh service which was served by another machine with another private server key. – Stéphane Gourichon Nov 21 '15 at 19:01

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