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How can I disable/modify the SSH login banner for a given user?

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I think it is located at /etc/motd. Try editing that file and see –  sagarchalise Mar 31 '11 at 9:33
I did edit it but the changes are always overwritten by this default message. –  Olivier Lalonde Mar 31 '11 at 9:36
ubuntugeek.com/… says there is /etc/motd.tail file you should edit for ubuntu server. –  sagarchalise Mar 31 '11 at 9:40

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It seems it is possible to disable this message on a user basis by creating an empty file in a user's $HOME directory (/home/username/) called .hushlogin.

touch ~/.hushlogin
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In /etc/ssh/sshd_config

PrintMotd yes

Set 'yes' to 'no' and restart the SSH server by typing

service ssh restart

You should be good to go from there.

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+1 Your solution is great because it keeps Last login but hides the rest. –  Brian Graham May 30 '14 at 19:31

If you want to disable that message for all ssh users, edit /etc/pam.d/sshd and comment out the lines

session    optional     pam_motd.so  motd=/run/motd.dynamic noupdate
session    optional     pam_motd.so # [1]
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