How to Allow and Deny Access for Remote SSH to CentOS 6.2

In this post, i will show on how to allow and deny access for Remote SSH to CentOS server. This post will configure SSH access as follows:
– Only ehowstuff and root has remote SSH access to the machine within ehowstuff.local
– Clients within bloggerbaru.com should NOT have access to ssh on your system

Please note that all systems in that domain are in the 192.168.1.0/255.255.255.0 subnet, and all systems in that subnet are in bloggerbaru.com.

1. Modify ssh_config as below :

[root@centos62 ~]# vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
AllowUsers ehowstuff root

2. Make sshd auto start on boot and restart sshd service :

[root@centos62 ~]# chkconfig sshd on
[root@centos62 ~]# /etc/init.d/sshd restart

3. Open iptables configuration as below :

[root@centos62 ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables

4. Append this line on your iptables setting :

-A INPUT -s 192.168.1.0/24 -p tcp --dport 22 -j REJECT

5. Restart the iptables :

[root@centos62 ~]# /etc/init.d/iptables restart

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