[Bug 1254085] Re: ssh fails to connect to VPN host - hangs at 'expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY'

bs 1254085 at bugs.launchpad.net
Wed May 18 17:11:36 UTC 2016


This solved the issue:
Append to /etc/sysctl.conf the following:
net.ipv4.tcp_mtu_probing = 1

after restart you should see at /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_mtu_probing the
value "1"

A temporary solution is:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_mtu_probing
caveat: this will be reset at boot.

You can try also with value "2" if still not working.

(see explanation at:https://thesimplecomputer.info/pages/adventures-in-
linux-tcp-tuning-page2)

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Title:
  ssh fails to connect to VPN host - hangs at 'expecting
  SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY'

Status in openssh package in Ubuntu:
  Confirmed

Bug description:
  ssh -vvv <host> is failing for me where <host> is a VPN system.

  VPN is configured and connected via network-manager. Last messages
  from ssh (hangs forever):

  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: none,zlib at openssh.com
  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: none,zlib at openssh.com
  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: 
  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: 
  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: first_kex_follows 0 
  debug2: kex_parse_kexinit: reserved 0 
  debug2: mac_setup: found hmac-md5
  debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
  debug2: mac_setup: found hmac-md5
  debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
  debug1: sending SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_INIT
  debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY

  
  = Workaround =

  $ sudo apt-get install putty
  $ putty <host>

  This works perfectly.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  Package: openssh-client 1:6.4p1-1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.12.0-3.8-generic 3.12.0
  Uname: Linux 3.12.0-3-generic i686
  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
  ApportVersion: 2.12.7-0ubuntu1
  Architecture: i386
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Fri Nov 22 15:37:18 2013
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2010-10-21 (1128 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
  RelatedPackageVersions:
   ssh-askpass       1:1.2.4.1-9
   libpam-ssh        N/A
   keychain          2.7.1-1
   ssh-askpass-gnome 1:6.4p1-1
  SSHClientVersion: OpenSSH_6.4p1 Ubuntu-1, OpenSSL 1.0.1e 11 Feb 2013
  SourcePackage: openssh
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2013-11-01 (20 days ago)

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