OpenSSH Brute-Force Protection - How to stop brute-force attacks on SSH protocol on Windows.
Intrusion prevention system for your Windows Server

OpenSSH Brute-Force Protection

OpenSSH is the open-source implementation of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. It is based on the client-server architecture and provides secure and convenient way of connection to Linux and other Unix-like systems over the network.

OpenSSH was included to Windows and available as an optional system component in all Windows systems starting from Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. You may also install it on older Windows editions from the official repository.

SSH on port 22 is probably the most common remote access protocol over the world and it makes it goal #1 for hackers. The new server with SSH port exposed to the world is discovered within a seconds and being subject of the brute-force attack immediately.

Here is how the Security event log looks after a couple of hours:

OpenSSH Brute-Force Attempts

OpenSSH Brute-Force Attempts on Windows Server 2019

You may discover thousands of 4525 events with:

  • Failure Reason: - Unknown user name or bad password
  • Caller Process Name: - C:\Windows\System32\OpenSSH\sshd.exe

And this is how the OpenSSH Operational log looks like:

OpenSSH Operational log

SSH Brute-Force Attempts recorded in the OpenSSH Operational log

The OpenSSH Operational log may also contain thousands of events with the reason like below:

sshd: Failed password for invalid user <User Name> from <IP Address> port <Port> ssh2

These events mean brute-force attack on your server via SSH protocol.

RdpGuard offers effective brute-force protection for OpenSSH server allowing you immediately stop brute-force attacks on your server via SSH protocol.

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To Enable OpenSSH Protection

1. Start RdpGuard Dashboard and click the link next to OpenSSH

openssh protection link

Click the OpenSSH link

2. RdpGuard service will be restarted.

OpenSSH protection status will be changed to Enabled.

openssh protection enabled

OpenSSH Protection Enabled

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