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Being relatively anonymous allows me to submit the stupid questions that other people are too afraid to ask.


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comment tool or technique to get a diff of two different linux installations
+1 Looks very interesting.
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accepted grep caret appears to have no effect
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comment grep caret appears to have no effect
Aaahaa. This makes sense.
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comment grep caret appears to have no effect
Yes. I think that's correct. I have just noticed the man "(Note that the brackets in these [predefined] class names are part of the symbolic names, and must be included in addition to the brackets delimiting the bracket expression.)"
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asked grep caret appears to have no effect
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comment How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
So - Yes every site suffers from brute force attacks. But, you can make your machine less appealing for attackers by taking an offensive approach and turning it into a tarpit. And, I suppose, if most hosts (or at least, certain distros) were tarpits by default, script kiddies might get bored and the scale of the onslaught may no longer be a fact of life.
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revised How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
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comment How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
My question seems to have been changed beyond recognition. In my original question I was really trying to find out if it was common for every site to experience brute force attacks - i.e. is it a fact of life. This was answered by Matteo with "It is indeed a fact of life.". The second part of the question was asking what i could do to actively stop these attacks apart from putting up defences. This would have been a relevant secondary question if only certain sites suffered from brute force attacks. It was answered by Bruce with his tarpit idea. I didn't really ask for defensive tips.
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accepted How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
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comment How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
This is a nice answer because it has a bit of an 'offensive' approach rather than being purely 'defensive' which I think adds to moral.
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comment How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?
@whoami Thanks for the link, a nice summary. Although one thing that always goes though my mind when I see the use a different port tip is 'how do you know that the alternative port that you choose is not used by something else already?'