Gitlab CI/CD Strange SSH issue on SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY

My way to fix Connection closed by UNKNOWN port 65535

Mar 14, 2022ยท

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A few days ago, I faced a strange issue on my pipeline, and I saw a strange error log that didn't mean anything to me:

Connection closed by UNKNOWN port 65535

So, I decided to enable verbose logs on all 3 levels for every ssh command

The destination server didn't access the public network directly, so I need to use ProxyJump to access the destination server.

    - ssh -vvvJ jumpbox@$JUMPBOX_IP bahfo2683@$DEST_IP "echo 'hello'"

I found that the pipeline was stuck at the Kex algorithm: bash debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY debug3: receive packet: type 96 debug2: channel 0: rcvd eof debug2: channel 0: output open -> drain debug2: channel 0: obuf empty debug2: chan_shutdown_write: channel 0: (i0 o1 sock -1 wfd 5 efd -1 [closed]) debug2: channel 0: output drain -> closed debug1: channel 0: FORCE input drain debug2: channel 0: ibuf empty debug2: channel 0: send eof debug3: send packet: type 96 debug2: channel 0: input drain -> closed Connection closed by UNKNOWN port 65535


After several searches with a headache, I've found the solution ๐ŸŽ‰ In this article they describe the exact issue that I had, and the answer is to add the Kex algorithm to /etc/ssh/ssh_config in the destination server.

So I added KexAlgorithms curve25519-sha256,ecdh-sha2-nistp521 below Host * on both Jumpbox and Destination Server: ```bash Host * KexAlgorithms curve25519-sha256,ecdh-sha2-nistp521

I added `curve25519-sha256` as well because I see that in the pipeline the ssh client selected this algorithm.

I ran the pipeline again but guess what? it didn't work!

So, I've came to test something, Firstly, I deleted the Kex Algorithms on Jumpbox Server and then tried to connect to the destination server from Jumpbox and I saw that the `connection time out!` So it came to my mind that in the pipeline the same thing happend. I need to set Kex Algorithm on the pipeline as well as both servers.

I edited my `.gitlab-ci.yml` file and added`- sed -i -e "s/Host \*/&\nKexAlgorithms curve25519-sha256,ecdh-sha2-nistp521/g" ` line before anything with ssh:

    - apk add openssh-client rsync
    - sed -i -e "s/Host \*/&\nKexAlgorithms curve25519-sha256,ecdh-sha2-nistp521/g"  /etc/ssh/ssh_config

with sed -i -e "s/Host \*/&\nKexAlgorithms curve25519-sha256,ecdh-sha2-nistp521/g" /etc/ssh/ssh_config , I added Kex Algorithms to the ssh_config file and tried again.

This time the pipeline worked successfully and my application is deployed on the destination server.



It's a rare case for ssh, but keep this in mind if you see this error:

Connection closed by UNKNOWN port 65535

Try two things first:

  • Enable Verbose log -vvv for debug levels 1,2 and 3

  • Check at which step the ssh stuck and google that!

If the pipeline stuck at SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY then you should set Kex Algorithms on .gitlab-ci.yml and /etc/ssh/ssh_config of your server.

Most of them are Mac issues, but in my case, it was the Kex Algorithm.

If you are reading this, I hope this article helps you fix your SSH issue.

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Thank you, and happy coding!