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RE: ssh from public internet and firewalls

You are somewhat correct. The MAC option will only work for local
computers located on the LAN, otherwise your remote connections will use
the MAC address from the last router hop.  

If your going to be connecting from a particular subnet on the Internet,
setup your /etc/hosts.allow /etc/host.deny or iptables to only accept
connections from a particular subnet. 

-----Original Message-----
From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com
[mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Michael Velez
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 5:26 PM
To: redhat-list redhat com
Subject: ssh from public internet and firewalls

Hello all,


I have set up sshd on my RHEL 3 box to be able to ssh to it from the
internet.  All rules on the modem, router, and RHEL work fine.  However,
would like to add a rule to my firewall that only certain MAC addresses
actually make a request to sshd, thereby limiting ssh's from the public
internet to two trusted laptops.


I have set up my firewall with the mac address option and have put in
mac addresses of those laptops.  The problem is that this works fine
the laptops are connecting from within my LAN (i.e. firewall
specific MAC addresses - not a great help there but I guess I'm
from any devious family member) but it does not work when my laptop is
connecting from the public internet?  Is there a reason? Will the MAC
address reflect the one from the latest hop; that is, will my Linux box
see the router MAC address?  There seems to be a MAC option in the
sshd_config; is that the answer and how do I use that?


Also, can I set up two different authentication mechanisms for whether
logging in from within my LAN or from the internet?  There is a HOST
for the sshd_config file.  Can I set up two pseudo-hosts to go verify
different identities with one of the hosts only accepting local IP
or something else that's local that I can define?  The reason I ask is
I would rather just have to enter a password or no password (with RSA
authentication - no passphrase) from within my lan but on the public
internet, I would set up an authentication with password and RSA
public/private key with passphrase and then only allow that from two
laptops.  Is this possible and/or is this overkill?


Last but not least, I imagine I can change the port on which sshd
Do I only have to change the relevant line in /etc/services or is there
something else I need to look at?


If somebody can point me in the right direction, or suggest/advise the
way of doing this, I would appreciate it.  I'll then go figure out the






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