Configure SSH

Posted: 4th August 2020 by ccna7guru in SRWE
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Before configuring SSH, the switch must be minimally configured with a unique hostname and the correct network connectivity settings

Step 1

Verify SSH support.

Use the show ip ssh command to verify that the switch supports SSH. If the switch is not running an IOS that supports cryptographic features, this command is unrecognized.

S1# show ip ssh

Step 2

Configure the IP domain.

Configure the IP domain name of the network using the ip domain-name domain-name global configuration mode command. In the figure, the domain-name value is cisco.com.


S1(config)# ip domain-name cisco.com

Step 3

Generate RSA key pairs.

Not all versions of the IOS default to SSH version 2, and SSH version 1 has known security flaws. To configure SSH version 2, issue the ip ssh version 2 global configuration mode command. Generating an RSA key pair automatically enables SSH. Use the crypto key generate rsa global configuration mode command to enable the SSH server on the switch and generate an RSA key pair. When generating RSA keys, the administrator is prompted to enter a modulus length. The sample configuration in the figure uses a modulus size of 1,024 bits. A longer modulus length is more secure, but it takes longer to generate and to use.

Note: To delete the RSA key pair, use the crypto key zeroize rsa global configuration mode command. After the RSA key pair is deleted, the SSH server is automatically disabled.

S1(config)# crypto key generate rsa general-keys modulus 2048

Step 4

Configure user authentication.

The SSH server can authenticate users locally or using an authentication server. To use the local authentication method, create a username and password pair using the username username secret password global configuration mode command. In the example, the user admin is assigned the password ccna.

S1(config)# username admin secret ccna

Step 5

Configure the vty lines.

Enable the SSH protocol on the vty lines by using the transport input ssh line configuration mode command. The Catalyst 2960 has vty lines ranging from 0 to 15. This configuration prevents non-SSH (such as Telnet) connections and limits the switch to accept only SSH connections. Use the line vty global configuration mode command and then the login local line configuration mode command to require local authentication for SSH connections from the local username database.

S1(config)# line vty 0 15
S1(config-line)# transport input ssh
S1(config-line)# login local
S1(config-line)# exit

Step 6

Enable SSH version 2.

By default, SSH supports both versions 1 and 2. When supporting both versions, this is shown in the show ip ssh output as supporting version 2. Enable SSH version using the ip ssh version 2 global configuration command.

S1(config)# ip ssh version 2

Connect from Remote Host:

C:\> ssh -l admin 192.168.1.1
password: *****
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