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Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2024 03:31:15 +0000
From: Nick Sal <>
To: "" <>
Subject: xz backdoor prevention using hosts.deny?


Assume we filter SSH access only to a public domain subnet using the files hosts.{deny,allow} as seen below.
Would this prevent an attack if a malicious payload was *not* sent from the allowed subnet?
Trying to figure out if an attack like this was still possible, for the few days in March the backdoor was active and undetected in rolling distros (e.g. debian testing).

/etc/hosts.deny:  sshd: ALL
/etc/hosts.allow: sshd: "a_subnet"

Moreover, allowing only public-key authentication for SSH does not help, isn't this right?


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