SshDConfig - file /etc/ssh/sshd_config

The ssh module provides parsing for the sshd_config file. The SshDConfig class implements the parsing and provides a list of all configuration lines present in the file.

Sample input is provided in the Examples.


>>> sshd_config_input = '''
... #       $OpenBSD: sshd_config,v 1.93 2014/01/10 05:59:19 djm Exp $
... Port 22
... #AddressFamily any
... ListenAddress
... Port 22
... ListenAddress
... #ListenAddress ::
... # The default requires explicit activation of protocol 1
... #Protocol 2
... Protocol 1
... '''.strip()
>>> from insights.tests import context_wrap
>>> shared = {SshDConfig: SshDConfig(context_wrap(sshd_config_input))}
>>> sshd_config = shared[SshDConfig]
>>> 'Port' in sshd_config
>>> 'PORT' in sshd_config
>>> 'AddressFamily' in sshd_config
>>> sshd_config['port']
['22', '22']
>>> sshd_config['Protocol']
>>> [line for line in sshd_config if line.keyword == 'Port']
[KeyValue(keyword='Port', value='22', kw_lower='port'), KeyValue(keyword='Port', value='22', kw_lower='port')]
>>> sshd_config.last('ListenAddress')
>>> sshd_config.get_line('ListenAddress')
>>> sshd_config.get_values('ListenAddress')
['', '']
>>> sshd_config.get_values('ListenAddress', default='')
['', '']
>>> sshd_config.get_values('ListenAddress', join_with=',')
class insights.parsers.ssh.SshDConfig(context)[source]

Bases: insights.core.Parser

Parsing for /etc/ssh/sshd_config file.

lines (list): List of KeyValue namedtupules for each line in

the configuration file.

keywords (set): Set of keywords present in the configuration

file, each keyword has been converted to lowercase.

class KeyValue(keyword, value, kw_lower, line)

Bases: tuple

namedtuple: Represent name value pair as a namedtuple with case .

property keyword
property kw_lower
property line
property value

Get all declarations of this keyword in the configuration file.


a list of named tuples with the following properties:
  • keyword - the keyword as given on that line

  • value - the value of the keyword

  • kw_lower - the keyword converted to lower case

  • line - the complete line as found in the config file

Return type


get_line(keyword, default='')[source]

(str): Get the line with the last declarations of this keyword in the configuration file, optionally pretending that we had a line with the default value and a comment informing the user that this was a created default line.

This is a hack, but it’s commonly used in the sshd configuration because of the many lines that are commonly omitted because they have their default value.

  • keyword (str) -- Keyword to find

  • default -- optional value to supply if not found

get_values(keyword, default='', join_with=None, split_on=None)[source]

Get all the values assigned to this keyword.

Firstly, if the keyword is not found in the configuration file, the value of the default option is used (defaulting to '').

Then, if the join_with option is given, this string is used to join the values found on each separate definition line. Otherwise, each separate definition line is returned as a string.

Finally, if the split_on option is given, this string is used to split the combined string above into a list. Otherwise, the combined string is returned as is.

last(keyword, default=None)[source]

str: Returns the value of the last keyword found in config.

  • keyword (str) -- Keyword to find

  • default -- optional value to supply if not found


(union[bool, None]): Get the line with the last declarations of this keyword in the configuration file and returns whether the “+” option syntax is used.

A “+” before the list of values denotes that the values are appended to the openssh defaults for the particular keyword.

Returns True if the “+” is used, False if a line with the keyword was found but it doesn’t use the “+” or None if such a line doesn’t exist.

Reasoning for the implementation:

  • The “+” means “added to the defaults”.

  • The defaults depend on the particular openssh-server version and the parser doesn’t know the version.

  • Therefore, it is infeasible to add the evaluation logic for “+” into get_values().

  • Adding the logic into a combiner would mean a requirement that the combiner has a complete database of all defaults in all openssh-server version - infeasible again.

  • Not every keyword allows the use of “+” - it wouldn’t make sense to parse “+” into KeyValue as it would make meaningless parsing for some options and meaningful for others. Building a database which options in which openssh-server versions support it or not would be infeasible.

  • The way chosen as the most sensible is this - line_uses_plus() used selectively by a rule for those options that support it, and it is up to the developer of such a rule to check it for those options manually.


keyword (str) -- Keyword to find


This method must be implemented by classes based on this class.