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Allow only one SSH connection

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Is it possible to set up the SSH daemon so that only one incoming connection is allowed at a time, and that all other connection attempts are denied?
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Question by:interiot
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by:ahoffmann
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see  MaxStartups  in sshd.conf
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I want only one authenticated connection at a time.  It looks like MaxStartups controls the number of unauthenticated connections.

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oops, didn't see the "unauthenticated".

Seems that sshd (even openssh) does not support it.
You may try following (just an idea, not tested):

start sshd using tcpd as wrapper with inetd
but instead of starting sshd directly by tcpd, use a script, like

     (/usr/sbin/sshd <your options> && rm /etc/nologin) &
     sleep 1   # just to make shure that the connection is established
     echo "ssh login currently not permitted">/etc/nologin
     exit 0
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Easy - just run it with the -i flag (spawned from inetd/xinetd/etc), and then just use xinetd to limit the amount of connections to 1.

Alternatively (not recommended), you could use the -d argument.

-Jon
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