How to Update SSH & MOTD Banner on CentOS 6


For legal reasons, Some people need to display a warning banner on their Linux machine before login so that a person requires to acknowledge the contents of the banner before entering the password. To do this, edit a /etc/issue.net file and fill it with the desired context.
Edit the /etc/issue.net file:

sudo nano /etc/issue.net


Here is mine banner as a sample, you can add your’s here:

###############################################################
#                 Authorized access only!                     #
# Disconnect IMMEDIATELY if you are not an authorized user!!! #
#         All actions Will be monitored and recorded          #
###############################################################


Open /etc/ssh/sshd_config file:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config


Locate the line, that contains Banner and uncomment it as given below:

Banner /etc/issue.net


Restart sshd:

sudo service sshd restart


To configure the MOTD, we need to edit /etc/motd file:

sudo nano /etc/motd


Here is mine custom MOTD that I want to show to the users after login:

 ######################################
 # If you are not authorized to access#
 # or use this system, disconnect now #
 ######################################


Now, If we try to login, it will show us the warning banner as well as MOTD after login , that we just configured:

Hope this will help you!


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