[tor-relays] Tor node break-in attempts

starlight.2015q3 at binnacle.cx starlight.2015q3 at binnacle.cx
Fri Oct 23 03:48:29 UTC 2015

> Attack counts are in the 100,000s.

This sort of thing posses no threat and
is quite stupid as previously observed.

Is mainly annoying for the mess it makes
of /var/log/security.

If you don't want to change the SSH port
(best solution IMO), here's an 'iptables'
rule that will fix it (adjust/rearrange as
needed/desired).  These lines assume they
will go in /etc/sysconfig/iptables.
You can run them manually by prefixing with
the 'ipbables' command.  I wrote this
without looking at the default 'iptables'
file for any distro and if you are using
one, revise accordingly or rename the
original and start from scratch.

-N input_eth0

-A INPUT -i eth0 -j input_eth0

-A input_eth0 -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

-A input_eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -d x.x.x.x -m recent --update --seconds 600 --hitcount 3 --name SSH_ATTACK -j DROP

-A input_eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -d x.x.x.x -m recent --set --name SSH_ATTACK -j ACCEPT


Because we all make mistakes, you should *TEST*
the rule by KEEPING A LIVE CONNECTION active
and logging in a second time or you may lock
yourself out of your server.  Use

   iptables -nvL

to display the counters and look for the lock-out
effect after 'hitcount' attempts.  Also look in

   cat /proc/net/xt_recent/SSH_ATTACK

for the login tries and lock-out.  You can clear
an IP with

   echo "-x.x.x.x" >>/proc/net/xt_recent/SSH_ATTACK


If you want a bigger hash table and more history
than the default, you can create


and put something like

   options xt_recent ip_list_tot=16384 ip_pkt_list_tot=255

in it.


Some documentation at http://linux.die.net/man/8/iptables

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