controls which commands may be executed via incoming ssh
sshdo provides an easily configurable way of controlling which commands may be executed via incoming ssh connections.
An ssh public key in a
can have a
command="" option which forces a particular command
to be executed when the key is used to authenticate an ssh
connection. This is a security control that mitigates against private key
This is great when you only need to execute a single command. But if you need to perform multiple tasks, you would normally need to create and install a separate key pair for each command, or just not bother making use of forced commands and allow the key to be used to execute any command.
Instead, you can make sshdo act as the forced command, and when an
ssh connection tries to execute a command, sshdo will
consult the configuration files,
/etc/sshdoers.d/*, to decide whether or not the user and key
are allowed to execute the command. The requested command is only executed
if it is allowed by the configuration.
This makes it possible to use a single authorized key for any number of commands and still prevent its use for any other purpose.
You will need to identify which commands need to be allowed by each user and authorized key. To make this easy, sshdo can be put into training mode where it will allow (and log) the exeution of all commands.
After some time, sshdo can then learn from the logs and create the configuration necessary to allow the commands that were encountered during training mode.
It can also unlearn occasionally and create a new configuration that will no longer allow commands that no longer appear to be in use. This can help to maintain strict least privilege.
sshdo is freely available under the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later.
sshdo is written in Python (2.6+ or 3.3+) and should run on most systems. It assumes POSIX and an SSH server and a syslog-compatible logging system.
There is a README file etc., and two manual pages:
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