SSH connection refused


I’m trying to get ssh running on my vyos router. But everytime i try to connect, i get an connection refused error.
The first problem was i wasn’t able to bind the ssh service to an vif interface. So i have to set

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_nonlocal_bind=1

After that i was able to set the address to this interface eth3.1606 and the ssh service was comming up and is listening on this address…

vyos@VyOS-SPOKE-01:~$ netstat -tulpn | grep 22
(No info could be read for “-p”: geteuid()=1003 but you should be root.)
tcp 0 0* LISTEN -

Interface Configuration:

And then if i’m trying to get a connection on this interface i will get a connection refused.
With tcpdump port 22 i don’t see any connections :frowning:

Edit: i’m currently running 1.3-rolling-202004220702

Maybe anyone of you have a hint for me :smiley:

Kind regards

set service ssh listen-address <IPOFYOURVIF> works just fine for me.

@pirateghost Thank you for your reply!

Something i forget to say is that i also use vrf…

set interfaces ethernet eth1 vif 600 address ''
set interfaces ethernet eth1 vif 600 description 'mgmt-network'
set interfaces ethernet eth1 vif 600 vrf 'Mgmt'

Just now i tried to remove the vrf option and it works!

But maybe you or someone else have an idea why this is not working with the vrf option?

I think i have to route/forward the incoming traffic in interface eth1.600 to the SSH Daemon or something like this…
Or is there a way in SSH to listen on an interface which is in a diffrent routing table?

Sorry, I am not familiar with VRF

Try this one:
set vrf bind-to-all


Hi @g.skupien

Thank you very much for your reply!
Now it works :slight_smile: great!

I overread this in the documentation :stuck_out_tongue:

But one more thing, you need to set this

Binding to Non-local IP addresses in Linux permanently

Create the file:
sudo vi /etc/sysctl.d/99-custom.conf

Add the following lines:

## allow System Services to start and bind to non local IP ##

Apply it:
sudo sysctl -f /etc/sysctl.d/99-custom.conf

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Maybe the documentation should be expanded with this…

Kind regards

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