After a connection is established with SSH, how we can get the current connection properties ?

Is there a way to know what cipher(s) is being used ? Properties of the authentication ? Protocol version, timeouts and so on.

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    No, but you can find out more than you ever wanted to know about the connection when the handshake is negotiated, by passing 1 to 3 -v arguments to ssh. Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 18:18
  • Yeah! I Know that, but I would like to get some info, in the current connection (already established)
    – Luciano
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 18:24
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    Feel free to ask the OpenSSH guys to implement it. Perhaps something like pkill -INFO ssh make it print status, modeled after dd. They might see a value to it. Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 18:32

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you can enable verbose more logging for sshd:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

add line

LogLevel   VERBOSE

and restart sshd

sudo systemctl restart ssh

view log entry

journalctl -u sshd |tail -100

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