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0005095Kali Linux[All Projects] General Bugpublic2019-01-18 15:09
ReporterfastcharAssigned To 
PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version2018.4 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0005095: SSH over NAT fails with broken pipe message
DescriptionFor all versions after OpenSSH_7.7p1, when using a NAT connection, any attempts to connect over SSH fail with an error message 'Broken pipe'


has duplicate 0005212 closedrhertzog I'm unable to ssh while using gnome terminal 



2018-11-27 13:33

reporter   ~0010024

It's hard to tell with a description this brief, but this is almost certainly related to a known VMware bug[1]. If the reporter could confirm that this was observed in a VMware VM with NAT, that would be very helpful. That said, I was able to successfully reproduce the issue with those assumptions.

In short, as of OpenSSH 7.8 the default IPQoS values have changed to DSCP AF21 for interactive traffic and CS1 for bulk traffic[2][3]. vmnat does not support these, and breaks the connection immediately after ssh auth completes.

As far as I can tell, there are four possible solutions:

1) Wait for VMware to fix vmnat (no sign of this happening in sight, this bug has been present for months)
2) Patch OpenSSH to revert the changes in [3] while waiting for 1) to happen.
3) Alter /etc/ssh/ssh_config to override the default QoS settings. "IPQoS throughput" will do the trick, and the QoS implications are minor.
4) Downgrade OpenSSH (which sounds like a bad idea, but it technically resolves the issue. It's what Ubuntu are doing, so it must be good, right?)

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2018-11-28 00:29

reporter   ~0010028

This was using vmWare Fusion 8.5.10 on a Mac with a Kali VM with a NAT connection. I can confirm that using "IPQoS=throughput" on the command line when using SSH works. Thanks

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2018-11-14 01:45 fastchar New Issue
2018-11-27 13:33 SexWarrior Note Added: 0010024
2018-11-28 00:29 fastchar Note Added: 0010028
2019-01-18 15:09 rhertzog Relationship added has duplicate 0005212