A low/zero interaction ssh authentication logging honeypot
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A low/zero interaction ssh authentication logging honeypot

Interesting features

Structured logging

ssh-auth-logger logs all authentication attempts as json making it easy to consume in other tools. No more ugly openssh log parsing vulnerabilities.

"Random" host keys

ssh-auth-logger uses HMAC to hash the destination IP address and a key in order to generate a consistently "random" key for every responding IP address. This means you can run ssh-auth-logger on a /16 and every ip address will appear with a different host key. TODO: add random sshd version reporting as well.

Example log entry

This is normally logged on one line

  "client_version": "SSH-2.0-libssh2_1.4.3",
  "destinationServicename": "sshd",
  "dpt": "22",
  "dst": "",
  "duser": "root",
  "level": "info",
  "msg": "Request with password",
  "password": "P@ssword1",
  "product": "ssh-auth-logger",
  "server_version": "SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.3",
  "spt": "38624",
  "src": "",
  "time": "2017-11-17T19:16:37-05:00"

How to use it

go get -u -v github.com/JustinAzoff/ssh-auth-logger
export SSHD_BIND=:2222


To bind to port 22 directly:

sudo setcap cap_net_bind_service=+ep ~/go/bin/ssh-auth-logger

Run with docker

docker run -t -i --rm  -p 2222:22 justinazoff/ssh-auth-logger