[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

stephen mulcahy smulcahy at aplpi.com
Fri Jun 20 06:36:14 PDT 2008

Joe Landman wrote:
> Use pam_abl.  Really.  Even if the password were weak, and they guessed 
> it on the 57th try, pam_abl will stop the login.  Read the manual. 
> Adjust the config settings.
> Our ssh logs are scary, have been for a while.  They aren't the scariest 
> of our logs.

DenyHosts works on a similar principle - 
http://denyhosts.sourceforge.net/ although pam_abl's pretending to 
accept logins even when the attacker has been blacklisted sounds 
downright sneaky!

Could make for an interesting Monday morning pre-coffee login session 
though - as you wonder why your initially mistyped password still isn't 
working after 50 login attempts :)

> Even paranoids have enemies.

or "I've only been paranoid since they started watching me"?


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GMIT, Dublin Rd, Galway, Ireland.  +353.91.751262  http://www.aplpi.com
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