Validating SSH configuration¶
Depending on your circumstances, it may be appropriate for you to change the assignment of port 22 in your configuration. By default, port 22 is assigned to Secure Shell (SSH). Changing this assignment can make it harder for attackers to guess the location your SSH port, but that change can also make it impossible for some cloud services to coordinate their activities.
Do not change the default assignment of your SSH port if any of the following are true of your account:
Uses Managed Operations service level
Uses Cloud Monitoring
Uses Cloud Backup
Before you make any change to the SSH port, make sure you can answer the following questions:
Does your account use the Managed Operations service level?
To learn which service level is associated with your account, login to the Cloud Control Panel. At the upper right, under your account name, look for a red + followed by the shortened name of a Rackspace service level. For example, Managed Infrastructure is indicated by “+Infrastructure”.
You can compare the Managed Infrastructure and Managed Operations service levels at Compare service levels.
Does your account use RackConnect?
RackConnect configurations are managed from the MyRack control panel, where dedicated devices are managed. When you login to the MyRack control panel and display Server Details for a cloud server, the details include a RackConnect Status field. If RackConnect Status is Deployed for at least one server, then RackConnect is in use at your account. You can read more about this at Accessing RackConnect Cloud Servers.
Does your account use Cloud Monitoring?
Cloud Monitoring is available to all Rackspace cloud customers. Even if you have not chosen to use Cloud Monitoring to observe activity on servers that interest you, someone at your account may be using Cloud Monitoring to enable Auto Scale.
To learn whether Auto Scale is in use at your account, login to the Cloud Control Panel. On the Servers menu, click Auto Scale. If Auto Scale is in use, at least one scaling group is listed under Groups. Otherwise, a message reports that no scaling groups have been created.
Does your account use Cloud Backup?
Cloud Backup is available to all Rackspace cloud customers. Even if you have not chosen to use Cloud Backup to maintain copies of key data on servers that interest you, someone at your account may be using Cloud Backup to protect data on other servers.
To learn whether Cloud Backup is in use at your account, login to the Cloud Control Panel. On the Backups menu, click Activity. If Cloud Backup is in use, at least one backup schedule is listed. Otherwise, a message reports that no backup activity was found.
Whether you reassign port 22 or retain this default assignment, your best security comes from an effective firewall configuration.