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Searching the internet with search engines on MySQL and fail2ban yields lots of results on putting your fail2ban logs into MySQL, however I'm wanting to monitor failed MySQL attempts to log in and ban those IP's.

My application requires that I keep a port for MySQL open, though I have changed the default port for added security. For extra security though, I would like to monitor the MySQL logs with fail2ban.

Does anyone have a quick guide to configuring fail2ban for MySQL? I have it already installed and working on a couple of other services, so you can skip the installation part and jump right to configuring the config file or whatever else is necessary.

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You could enable mysql logging:

log = /var/log/mysql/access.log
log_error = /var/log/mysql/error.log
log_warnings = 2

so that communication errors would show up in the log and then monitor that file with fail2ban.


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According to this guy ( http://forums.mysql.com/read.php?30,205612,205612 ) What you are trying to do is not possible.

Also: «the use of mysql.log is described as a performance killer and I heard that it should be obsoleted in next Mysql versions. »

I was looking for the same thing. It is suggested that you block the 3306 port on your firewall. If it's not an option, then, good luck.

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I think this is probably what you're after MySQL Fail2Ban

There's more on that main page here: MySQL general log timestamps

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You may have misread the question. Those links do not relate to what is being asked for. –  John Gardeniers Mar 30 '11 at 6:50
I get lots of those kinds of links when searching, but I'm asking a different question. How do I setup fail2ban to read MySQL access logs and ban IP's based on the failed login attempts in the logs. –  InvisibleFrisbee Mar 30 '11 at 14:07
Whoops ! Have a look at http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Fail2Ban+(with+iptables)+And+Asterisk This gives some info on how to do that for Asterisk. Does that help ? –  Jonathan Ross Mar 30 '11 at 15:08
This logs TO a MySQL database but more importantly mentions failregex formatting. Hopefully it will help: http://blog.dp.cx/25/postfix-fail2ban-win –  Jonathan Ross Mar 30 '11 at 15:12
@JonathanRoss You have posted 3 links to Fail2SQL and they are all 3 wrong. Fail2SQL logs into a MySQL DB. That has nothing to do with logging failed connections to a MySQL server. –  Kenyakorn Ketsombut Oct 7 '14 at 6:14

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