To limit ssh access to a linux box based on originating IP address, edit /etc/hosts.allow:
sshd : localhost : allow sshd : 192.168.0. : allow sshd : 188.8.131.52 : allow sshd : mydomain.net : allow sshd : ALL : deny
The above entry will allow ssh access from localhost, the 192.168.0.x subnet, the single IP address 184.108.40.206, and mydomain.net (assuming mydomain.net has a ptr record in place to facilitate reverse lookup). All other IP addresses will be denied access to sshd.
- You can allow or deny based on ip address, subnet, or hostname.
- List rules in order of most to least specific. The file only gets read until a matching line is found, so if you start with ssdh : ALL : deny, no ssh connections will be allowed.
- You can control access to other tcp wrapped services as well - see the hosts.allow man page for details: http://linux.die.net/man/5/hosts.allow