SSH-Audit: Your Swiss Army Knife for SSH Server Security


Published on Oct 18, 2023   —   2 min read

In the realm of cybersecurity, SSH (Secure Shell) is often considered the guardian angel of secure communication. But what happens when the guardian itself needs auditing? Enter SSH-Audit, a tool that's as reliable as a Swiss watch when it comes to scrutinizing your SSH server's configurations. Developed by Joe Testa, this open-source utility is a must-have for anyone serious about fortifying their SSH setup.

Did You Know? SSH-Audit is hosted on GitHub, making it easily accessible for anyone interested in SSH security. Check it out here.

What is SSH-Audit?

SSH-Audit is a Python-based tool designed to perform a variety of checks on SSH servers. It evaluates the server's cryptographic policies, supported algorithms, and other security-related configurations. Think of it as your personal cybersecurity detective, always on the lookout for vulnerabilities that could compromise your server.


  • Algorithm Checks: Evaluates supported algorithms for key exchange, encryption, and MAC (Message Authentication Code).
  • Banner Grabbing: Retrieves and analyzes the SSH server banner.
  • Policy Checks: Assesses the server's cryptographic policies.
  • SSH1 & SSH2 Support: Capable of auditing both SSH1 and SSH2 protocols.

Why Should You Care?

Imagine you're a network engineer turned grandma, and your grandkids are the data packets. You wouldn't want them wandering into the wrong neighborhood, would you? SSH-Audit helps you set the boundaries, ensuring that your data packets—err, grandkids—stay safe and sound.

Real-World Example

Let's say you're running an SSH server for a small business. You assume everything is secure until SSH-Audit reveals that you're using outdated encryption algorithms. This is akin to leaving your front door unlocked in a neighborhood known for burglaries. SSH-Audit helps you lock that door and even install a security system.

How to Use SSH-Audit

  1. Installation: Clone the GitHub repository.bashCopy codegit clone
  2. Navigate: Move into the cloned directory.bashCopy codecd ssh-audit
  3. Run: Execute the script against your SSH server.bashCopy codepython [your-ssh-server]

Best Practices

  • Regular Audits: Make it a habit to run SSH-Audit periodically.
  • Algorithm Updates: Keep an eye on the latest cryptographic algorithms and update your server accordingly.
  • Documentation: Maintain a record of all audit reports for compliance and troubleshooting.


SSH-Audit is not just a tool; it's a lifeline for your SSH server. It's like having a cybersecurity James Bond, minus the tuxedo, ensuring that your server is as secure as Fort Knox. So, go ahead and give SSH-Audit a spin. After all, in the world of cybersecurity, it's better to be the sous-chef than the dishwasher.

Pro Tip: For those who are new to the SSH landscape, SSH-Audit is a great starting point to understand the intricacies of SSH security.

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