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I have SSHD running on port 5800 on some machine. (It is a my machine at home.) If I run this manually in a terminal:

# ssh someIP -p 5800 

The connection is lost because I am disconnected after 3 consecutive mistakes. OK.

Now I do a brute force with hydra on this port with ssh as specified service and password root. It seems to run and tries passwords, but now I wonder why I am not disconnected this way. Is this because hydra instantiates a new connection for every new password, closes it after trying the password, and opens a new connection again for the next password attempt?

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I guess it tries as much passwords it can and reconnects whenever disconnected. You can check sshd logs on the target machine. –  peterph Mar 11 '13 at 9:30
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