help - how to check archives and known issue

Jochen Bern Jochen.Bern at
Mon Sep 6 18:54:23 AEST 2021

On 05.09.21 05:00, Deepak Garg wrote:
> Need two help, we are using OpenSSH 7.x on a Windows Server 2019 for SFTP
> connection from public IPs.
> We are facing an issue that every few minutes (10-15), connection from
> outside stop working and error is "Connection Refused".
> We didn't find anything in the logs and logs don't make any entry for such,
> to resolve the issue for now we have enabled a task in Windows to restart
> the OPenssh service every 10 minutes and now its working.
> Any suggestion, how we can troubleshoot? 

I'm not familiar with the Win part (in particular, how it affects the
possibilities to make the log more verbose for debugging), but on the
sshd_config side, you might want to experiment with:
-- lowering LoginGraceTime and MaxAuthTries (to clean out failing login
   attempts, read, script kiddies, faster)
-- varying MaxSessions (less for "bad guys", more for legit users, maybe
   using a Match statement to tell the two apart)
-- raising MaxStartups (temporarily, just to see if unauthenticated
   connections *are* the root cause and it takes longer until failure)
-- if your legit users use keypair auth, try disabling password auth

Getting current *counts* of unauthenticated vs. proven-legit connections
would be quite valuable, I think ...

Jochen Bern

Binect GmbH

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