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Date:      Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:22:43 +0100
From:      Robin Becker <>
Subject:   denyhosts problems
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I'm trying to get denyhosts-2.5 to work in 6.0 and have inserted a line in 

ALL: : allow
sshd: /etc/hosts.deniedssh : deny
ALL: ALL : allow

but am finding that this causes my home ip to be denied even though I log in 
with a pre-shared key.

The /etc/hosts.deniedssh file is being created, but my home ip is not present 
(it would be hard as I have a dynamically allocated one anyhow).

The hosts.deniedssh file contains entries like

ALL: 61.219.xx.250 : deny
ALL: 209.8.xx.242 : deny

I am getting an error in the auth log related to the denial that looks like this
/etc/hosts.allow, line 24: can't verify hostname: getaddrinfo(xxx-yyy-......, 

where /etc/hosts.allow line24 corresponds to the

sshd: /etc/hosts.deniedssh : deny

line in hosts.allow.

I have the same setup in 6.1 and it seems to work. But I still see messages 
related to line 24 from that setup. Does denyhosts work properly?
Robin Becker

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