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Author:  Anonymous [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:25 pm ]
Post subject:  SSH connection attempts "via" ...

I just thought I'd throw this out there, since some people across the Internet are unduly concerned about it.

If you see authentication attempts through SSH on your Mac that indicate an error from some IP address via some other IP address, the "via" part is just telling you which interface the connection attempt came in on, which is useful if you have multiple simultaneous active interfaces. For example:

sshd[21490]: error: PAM: authentication error for root from via

In this case is an IP address of your own computer, and is a Chinese SSH bot. Don't let the "via" part scare you.

- Anonymous

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