How to increase the number of password attempts for ssh from default 3 attempt in Red Hat Entperprise Linux?

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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Issue

  • When user tries to log in via ssh, ssh closes connection after three failed attempts. We want to increase the number of authentication attempts ( password prompt ).

Resolution

  • On the Red Hat Enterprise Linux ssh-client system, modify or declare the NumberOfPasswordAttempts option in the /etc/ssh/ssh_config file as per requirement. For setting log in attempts to five times, the option would be declared as below :
NumberOfPasswordAttempts 5

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