Hi list, I solved the problem. Anyone had answered but I report the solution for similar problem. The problem was caused by an sshd.service under /etc/systemd/system/. This file was placed because upgrading from 7.2 to 7.3 I got problem with ssh startup and someone suggested to add pidfile directive in sshd.service to solve the problem. Updating from 7.3 to 7.4 I think that 2 files for sshd caused some conflict that kill my sshd. Removing the first file problem is solved. Thanks to all. Il 06 Nov 2017 9:03 PM, "Alessandro Baggi" <alessandro.baggi at gmail.com> ha scritto: Hi list, Some days ago I updated my centos 7.3 to 7.4 on a dell server. After this update I noticed a strange behaviour by sshd. I noticed this problem because trying to connect to ssh I got connection refused or high latency between connecting and password req. So I noticed that sshd will be restarted every ~2 min. >From log I get this: Received signal 15; terminating Failed to start OpenSSH server daemon Unit sshd.service entered failed state sshd.service failed sshd.service holdoff time over, scheduling restart ....and sshd restart. This happens so fast that if I run systemctl status I can't get the failed status. Logs does not help also in debug facility. There is not any cronjob that kill sshd. I tried also to change some basic sshd_config directives and when running systemctl restart sshd it hangs until I type crtl-C and from log I see that sshd is restarted. In sshd_config there aren't errors and the config is the same since 2016. On another machine in the same network I have the same configuration and same software installed (replica with native c7.4) but the problem does not occurs. I checked also md5 of relative server /usr/sbin/sshd and they match. Selinux is disabled and using non standard port. I notices also that if I'm connected to sshd and sshd crashes/restart my current session is not killed. I have not stopped and restarted sshd because this is a dedicated server and until my provider does not attach a kvm switch I can't do other tests. I will try also to stop sshd and run from console using debug hoping that helps. What I can check to know the reason of this behaviour? This is sshd problem or other? Thanks in advance.