SSH Key pairs/password Fail2Ban. What is a relevant security level?

  • Posted October 11, 2013

If I have fail2ban installed is there any point to move ssh on another port than 22 or use SSH key pair instead of password? I mean, how big is the probability that anyone would pass the fail2ban protection + UFW anyway if I also have disabled the root user and have a 20+ char strong password?


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OK, thanks. I just have to find out how to use password protected key with Sublime text SFTP plugin then… :-) What about port knocking techniques? Like: <br> <br>${IPTABLES} -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 3456 -m recent --set --name portknock <br>${IPTABLES} -A INPUT -p tcp --syn --dport 22 -m recent --rcheck
<br> --seconds 60 --name portknock -j ACCEPT <br>${IPTABLES} -A INPUT -p tcp --syn --dport 22 -j DENY

<b>“… how big is the probability…”</b> <br> <br>Big enough to convince most authors of security best practices that the default SSH port should be changed to a non-standard port. Despite having fail2ban installed, you can not afford to ignore the fact that bugs are an inherent part of software development. What if down the road there’s a bug that disables fail2ban’s protections? <br> <br>RE: passwords <br> <br>The consensus seems to be that key-based authentication is more secure.