Zabbix Documentation 6.0

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9 SSH检查



SSH checks are performed as agent-less monitoring. Zabbix agent is not needed for SSH checks.

SSH检查不依赖于Zabbix agent,可对无agent代理的设备进行监控。

To perform SSH checks Zabbix server must be initially configured with SSH2 support.

The minimum supported libssh2 library version is 1.0.0.

要执行SSH检查操作,Zabbix server必须支持SSH2。 <note important>libssh2库的最低版本是1.0.0. :::



Passphrase authentication

SSH checks provide two authentication methods, a user/password pair and key-file based.


If you do not intend to use keys, no additional configuration is required, besides linking libssh2 to Zabbix, if you're building from source.


Key file authentication

To use key based authentication for SSH items, certain changes to the server configuration are required.


Open the Zabbix server configuration file (zabbix_server.conf) as root and look for the following line:

以root身份打开Zabbix server的配置文件,查找以下行

# SSHKeyLocation=

       # SSHKeyLocation=

Uncomment it and set full path to a folder where public and private keys will be located:




Save the file and restart zabbix_server afterwards.


/home/zabbix here is the home directory for the zabbix user account and .ssh is a directory where by default public and private keys will be generated by a ssh-keygen command inside the home directory.

/home/zabbix 在这里是 zabbix 用户的主目录;.ssh是一个目录,由 ssh-keygen 这个命令产生的公钥和密钥将默认放到这个目录中。

Usually installation packages of zabbix-server from different OS distributions create the zabbix user account with a home directory in not very well-known places (as for system accounts). For example, for CentOS it's /var/lib/zabbix, for Debian it's /var/run/zabbix.

不同发行版操作系统的zabbix-server安装程序,会在不太明显的地方(与系统账户一样)创建一个带有主目录的zabbix用户账户。例如,对于CentOS系统,在 /var/lib/zabbix 位置,而Debian系统则是在 /var/run/zabbix

Before starting to generate the keys, an approach to reallocate the home directory to a better known place (intuitively expected) could be considered. This will correspond with the SSHKeyLocation Zabbix server configuration parameter mentioned above.

在生成密钥之前,可以考虑将主目录重新分配到更熟悉的地方(更为直观),与上述提到的 Zabbix server配置中 SSHKeyLocation 的参数对应。

These steps can be skipped if zabbix account has been added manually according to the installation section because in this case most likely the home directory is already located at /home/zabbix.

如果根据 安装章节 手动添加了zabbix账户,则这些步骤可以省略,因为在这种情况下,主目录很可能已经是位于 /home/zabbix

To change the setting for the zabbix user account all working processes which are using it have to be stopped:

# service zabbix-agent stop
       # service zabbix-server stop

要更改 zabbix 账户的设置,必须停止所有正在使用它的进程:

# service zabbix-agent stop
       # service zabbix-server stop

To change the home directory location with an attempt to move it (if it exists) a command should be executed:

# usermod -m -d /home/zabbix zabbix


# usermod -m -d /home/zabbix zabbix

It's absolutely possible that a home directory did not exist in the old place (in the CentOS for example), so it should be created at the new place. A safe attempt to do that is:

# test -d /home/zabbix || mkdir /home/zabbix


# test -d /home/zabbix || mkdir /home/zabbix

To be sure that all is secure, additional commands could be executed to set permissions to the home directory:

# chown zabbix:zabbix /home/zabbix
       # chmod 700 /home/zabbix


# chown zabbix:zabbix /home/zabbix
       # chmod 700 /home/zabbix

Previously stopped processes now can be started again:

# service zabbix-agent start
       # service zabbix-server start


# service zabbix-agent start
       # service zabbix-server start

Now steps to generate public and private keys can be performed by a command:


# sudo -u zabbix ssh-keygen -t rsa
       Generating public/private rsa key pair.
       Enter file in which to save the key (/home/zabbix/.ssh/id_rsa): 
       Created directory '/home/zabbix/.ssh'.
       Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): 
       Enter same passphrase again: 
       Your identification has been saved in /home/zabbix/.ssh/id_rsa.
       Your public key has been saved in /home/zabbix/.ssh/
       The key fingerprint is:
       90:af:e4:c7:e3:f0:2e:5a:8d:ab:48:a2:0c:92:30:b9 [email protected]
       The key's randomart image is:
       +--[ RSA 2048]----+
       |                 |
       |       .         |
       |      o          |
       | .     o         |
       |+     . S        |
       |.+   o =         |
       |E .   * =        |
       |=o . ..* .       |
       |... oo.o+        |

Note: public and private keys ( and id_rsa respectively) have been generated by default in the /home/zabbix/.ssh directory which corresponds to the Zabbix server SSHKeyLocation configuration parameter.

请注意:在默认情况下,公钥和私钥(分别为 id_rsa.pubid_rsa )生成在 /home/zabbix/.ssh 目录,这与Zabbix server配置中 SSHKeyLocation 的参数是对应的。

Key types other than "rsa" may be supported by the ssh-keygen tool and SSH servers but they may not be supported by libssh2, used by Zabbix.

<note important>ssh-keygen工具和SSH服务器除了“rsa”之外,也可支持其他密钥类型,但Zabbix使用的libssh2可能不支持它们。 :::

Shell configuration form

This step should be performed only once for every host that will be monitored by SSH checks.


By using the following command the public key file can be installed on a remote host so that then SSH checks can be performed with a root account:

通过使用以下命令,公钥 会安装到远程主机 上,以便可以使用 root 账户执行SSH检查:

# sudo -u zabbix ssh-copy-id [email protected]
       The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
       RSA key fingerprint is 38:ba:f2:a4:b5:d9:8f:52:00:09:f7:1f:75:cc:0b:46.
       Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
       Warning: Permanently added '' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
       [email protected]'s password: 
       Now try logging into the machine, with "ssh '[email protected]'", and check in:
       to make sure we haven't added extra keys that you weren't expecting.

Now it's possible to check the SSH login using the default private key (/home/zabbix/.ssh/id_rsa) for zabbix user account:

# sudo -u zabbix ssh [email protected]

现在可以使用 zabbix 用户的默认私钥 (/home/zabbix/.ssh/id_rsa) 检查SSH登陆了:

# sudo -u zabbix ssh [email protected]

If the login is successful, then the configuration part in the shell is finished and remote SSH session can be closed.


Item configuration

Actual command(s) to be executed must be placed in the Executed script field in the item configuration.
Multiple commands can be executed one after another by placing them on a new line. In this case returned values also will be formatted as multi lined.
要执行的实际命令必须放在监控项配置的 执行脚本 中。

All mandatory input fields are marked with a red asterisk.


The fields that require specific information for SSH items are:


Parameter Description Comments
Type Select SSH agent here.
Key Unique (per host) item key in format[<unique short description>,<ip>,<port>,<encoding>] <unique short description> is required and should be unique for all SSH items per host
Default port is 22, not the port specified in the interface to which this item is assigned
Authentication method One of the "Password" or "Public key"
User name User name to authenticate on remote host.
Public key file File name of public key if Authentication method is "Public key". Required Example: - default public key file name generated by a command ssh-keygen
Private key file File name of private key if Authentication method is "Public key". Required Example: id_rsa - default private key file name
Password or
Key passphrase
Password to authenticate or
Passphrase if it was used for the private key
Leave the Key passphrase field empty if passphrase was not used
See also known issues regarding passphrase usage
Executed script Executed shell command(s) using SSH remote session Examples:
date +%s
service mysql-server status
ps auxww | grep httpd | wc -l
参数 描 注释
Type 在这里选择 SSH agent
Key 格式为[<unique short description>,<ip>,<port>,<encoding>] 每台主机唯一的监控项键值 <unique sho t description> 参数是必须的,对于每台主机的所有SSH监控项都应该是唯一的
默认端口为22, 而不是分配给该监控项的接口中指定的端口
Authentication method "密码"认证或者"公钥"认证,两者选其一
User name 在远程主机上进行身份验证的用户名
Public key file 如果 身份验证方式 为“公钥”,此处则为公钥的文件名。 必填项 示例: - 由 [ss -keygen]( 命令生成的默认公钥文件名
Private key file 如果 身份验证方式 为 “公钥”,此处则为私钥的文件名. 必填项 示例: id_rsa - 默认私钥文件名
Password or
Key passphrase
如果密码用于私钥,则验证密码或密码短语 如果没有使用密码短语,则将 *密码短 * 字段留空
关于密码短语的使用,另请参阅 已知问题
Executed script 使用SSH远程会话执行shell命令 示例:
<date +%s
service mysql-server status
ps auxww | grep httpd | wc -l

libssh2 library may truncate executable scripts to ~32kB.

<note important>libssh2库可能会将可执行脚本截断到~32kB :::