I disable the ssh server with systemctl disable ssh then reboot. After reboot, I still can log into the remote server through ssh. I use systemctl status ssh to check the server status and it is inactive.

$ systemctl -a | grep ssh
ssh.service                                               loaded    inactive dead      OpenBSD Secure Shell server
[email protected]:22-        loaded    active   running   OpenBSD Secure Shell server per-connection daemon (
system-ssh.slice                                          loaded    active   active    system-ssh.slice
ssh.socket                                                loaded    active   listening OpenBSD Secure Shell server socket
  • Could you add the output of systemctl status ssh to your question?
    – FelixJN
    Jul 9, 2019 at 15:21
  • It is much like:● ssh.service - OpenBSD Secure Shell server Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ssh.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: inactive (dead) since Tue 2019-07-09 23:25:16 CST; 1s ago Jul 9, 2019 at 15:26
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    Additionally you should block port 22 on the firewall, so that even if the SSH server is running somehow, it won't be accessible from remote.
    – dr_
    Jul 10, 2019 at 10:51

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The systemd SSH socket is active, and the SSH service is socket-activated. You need to disable the socket as well:

systemctl disable --now ssh.socket

In fact, on my Arch system, the sshd daemon runs only when a new connection comes in. At other times, the only instances of sshd are the child processes forked off to handle those connections.

Also see:

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    @spender that's Lennart Poettering's official blog, so it's hard to get a 'better' source than that. Not sure why you're getting a warning from Firefox, but I'm not Jul 10, 2019 at 13:50
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    Ah, you're probably getting a warning about his self-signed certificate.
    – muru
    Jul 10, 2019 at 13:54
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    @spender: Indeed the error message is utterly awful. It should be telling you not to submit private data to the site, not that "hackers can steal your [implied: at-rest] data if you visit the site". It reads like a scareware/fake-AV message which users should be trained to ignore. Jul 10, 2019 at 14:01
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    Now that Lets Encrypt is so easy to use, Poettering should use it instead of self-signed certificates. :/
    – muru
    Jul 10, 2019 at 14:06
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    @muru give Poettering a tad bit of time - it takes time to integrate a CA into an init manager....
    – ivanivan
    Jul 10, 2019 at 17:41

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