Possible to print message(s) before login?

Iain Morgan imorgan at nas.nasa.gov
Tue Jun 13 07:00:00 EST 2006

Sometime ago, Derek Frye wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there a way to print a message before the login prompt or after the 
> login prompt but before the password prompt? This way unauthenticated 
> users can see a small message (like "Hello!").
> I looked through the source for version 4.2 and couldn't find where the 
> login strings are constructed and sent (except in the client software 
> portion). Maybe all strings (like "login: ", where users enter username) 
> are generated and encrypted in the client software in response to server 
> packets (non-strings)? So is there even a way to send strings before 
> successful authentication?
> Maybe this would violate the design of openssh?
> Thanks,
> Derek Frye

Before digging through the source code, you might want to read the man
pages first. :-) The Banner option in the sshd_config(5) man page sounds
like what you're looking for.

Iain Morgan

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