sshd require an absolute path when restarting, e.g
/usr/sbin/sshd rather than
Are there any security implications?
P.S the error message:
sshd re-exec requires execution with an absolute path
This is specific to OpenSSH from version 3.9 onwards.
For every new connection, sshd will re-execute itself, to ensure that all execute-time randomisations are re-generated for each new connection. In order for sshd to re-execute itself, it needs to know the full path to itself.
Here's a quote from the release notes for 3.9:
- Make sshd(8) re-execute itself on accepting a new connection. This security measure ensures that all execute-time randomisations are reapplied for each connection rather than once, for the master process' lifetime. This includes mmap and malloc mappings, shared library addressing, shared library mapping order, ProPolice and StackGhost cookies on systems that support such things
In any case, it is usually better to restart a service using either its init script (e.g.
/etc/init.d/sshd restart) or using
service sshd restart. If nothing else, it will help you verify that the service will start properly after the next reboot...
(original answer, now irrelevant: My first guess would be that
/usr/sbin isn't in your $PATH.)
This is to prevent someone from injecting a
sshd program somewhere in one of the directories in your
and you inadvertently executing it. This post from 2004 already describes the issue.