Override SSH message when accessed via HTTP

Oscar Mederos asked:

If you access my server via HTTP using the SSH port (22), you’ll see a message like this:

SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1.1

Could be possible to display a different message?

My answer:


The Debian/Ubuntu version identification is a Debian-ism which isn’t present in standard OpenSSH.

You can disable it by setting DebianBanner no in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

The end result will be:

SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.9p1

You should not disable this as it’s required to negotiate the SSH protocol connection.


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