So as stated in Title I'm observing that one of our switch randomly send RESET flag in TCP and ends the ssh connection in the middle and sends and Window size of 0 as well. Randomly it refuses to connect.

I have Captured few packets through which i come to know this scenario. What can be done?

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  • Dou you have some kind of statefull firewall in between your PC and this switch? In case if you do, ssh session can timeout after approx 30 mins of inactivity. – Andrey Prokhorov Jan 3 '20 at 7:50
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    Is there a NAT router between the two machines? It may be closing the connection due to inactivity and timeouts? The SSH client can turn on SSH-level KeepAlive to try to avoid this scenario. For an SSH client, you can try to include the following on the client-side config file (either /etc/ssh/ssh_config or ~/.ssh/config): KeepAlive yes – Bobby Voychin Jan 31 '20 at 15:40
  • @AndreyProkhorov There was no stateful firewall in between. And No it randomly shuts the connection not after 30 minutes – Terminator Feb 9 '20 at 6:54
  • @BobbyVoychine There was no NAT router in between. And i was using SecurCRT on windows not linux machine. It was just randomly shutting down the connection – Terminator Feb 9 '20 at 6:55
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Check the switch syslog for any indication of out-of-memory.

The switch RE kernel should not send RST unless the sshd process to which you're connected has terminated unusually. Running out of RAM could cause this.


tcp session timeout to a value of 3,600 seconds or one hour strictly security policy favours the timely closing of idle management sessions,and the following code also affect the timeout of transit SSH sessions

  • No it was sending reset flag randomly there was no Inactivity – Terminator Feb 9 '20 at 6:56

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