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'Failed to establish SSH session' error ; unable ssh via Ezeelogin shell 

1.Make sure that the  iptables / firewall is not blocking ssh traffic (check ssh port is open on both gateway & target server) and make sure SSHD is not blocked in /etc/hosts.allow or /etc/hosts.deny

2.Make sure that SELinux is disabled on jumpbox / gateway server and the target server. You can find it by typing 'sestatus'

3.Increase ssh timeout value to 60 seconds.Do refer to this user manual.

 4.Check ezsh log for errors. You can get it from '/home/{username}/ezsh.log '

 5.Also, check for the SSHD error log of the remote server to which you are trying to login.

If it is Centos it will be /var/log/secure

If it is Ubuntu it will be /var/log/auth.log

  • On the remote server run the below command.

[email protected]:~ systemctl restart systemd-logind.service

7. Try to re-add the server and try to access it again.

8. Check the size of the /var/log/btmp. You can check that by running the following command on the remote server

[email protected]:~ ls -lah /var/log/btmp

 If you are unable to ssh via the ezsh interface and you get the error on /home/{username}/ezsh.log

Authentication by SSH key DB failed :

Channel failed (shell): Timed out waiting on socket

You can find the following logs on /var/log/secure and /var/log/messages on the remote server.

 sshd[236622]: Accepted publickey for root from port 40506 ssh2: RSA SHA256:cpVnOWHn+WeiGl4JuYAlMtx39Vx5Dz82CuN7I12yITI

 sshd[236622]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)

systemd-logind: New session c100 of user root.

systemd: Started Session c100 of user root.

systemd-logind: Removed session c100.

If the size of /var/log/btmp is high then truncate the logs in /var/log/btmp. You can truncate the logs by running the following command on the remote server.

[email protected]:~ > /var/log/btmp