Fail2ban scans log files like /var/log/pwdfail or /var/log/apache/error_log and bans IP that makes too many password failures. It updates firewall rules to reject the IP address.

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Setting up fail2ban to ignore connections behind a dynamic IP

Using fail2ban to secure an Ubuntu 12.04 x64 Server on DigitalOcean, while editing /etc/fail2ban/jail.local there's this part: [DEFAULT] # "ignoreip" can be an IP address, a CIDR mask or a DNS host ...
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Securing debain with fail2ban or iptables

I'm looking to secure my server. Initially my first thought was to use iptables but then I also learnt about Fail2ban. I understand that Fail2ban is based on iptables, but it has the advantages of ...
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fail2ban rule results in “iptables returned 200” error message

I just tried to add a new fail2ban rule that is supposed to scan Apache2 error logs for suspicious file access attempts (People who try to access three common login urls that do not exist usually ...
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Firewalls (ufw vs apf) on Ubuntu

On my LAMP servers, do either of the firewall interfaces (ufw or apt) allow you to setup rate limiting to automatically ban brute force attempts (e.g. via SSH)? Or, is it best to install fail2ban in ...
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Software vs. Hardware Appliance DDOS & Firewalls [duplicate]

I run several Ubuntu Servers (virtualized) and have fail2ban installed for DDOS mitigation. For a firewall, each server has iptables. I'm evaluating my security options and was wondering how well ...
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Fail2ban don't want to start the server

I just installed fail2ban on my Ubuntu 10.04 server. I modified my jail.conf like this : http://pastebin.com/tEeM2hxe When i try to start the client it returns : ERROR Could not start server. ...
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Fail2Ban direct to website

Is it possible to set fail2ban to direct banned ips to a webpage instead of breaking connection and getting the timed out errors?
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Fail2ban maxretry meaning

I'm reading the following page to set up fail2ban on my Ubuntu server: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fail2ban In the "Configuration" section, it shows the following settings: [DEFAULT] # ...
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All nginx access logs from 127.0.0.1 (so can't use fail2ban)

Problem I'm trying to configure fail2ban to block ddos attacks using the chunk shown here. Basically it looks at all requests and if any single IP makes more than 240 requests over 60 seconds it ...
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fail2ban error about python?

I have just installed fail2ban on my debian7 machine but whenever i start it i get a lot of error which seems to be about python? [....] Restarting authentication failure monitor: fail2banTraceback ...
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fail2ban Error Gentoo

I've recently setup a new VPS running Gentoo (My first time using the distro so please forgive me is this is a really easy one) and as I've done with other servers installed fail2ban. Setting it up to ...
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High inbound and outbound network traffic

Over the last day or so, one of instances has had a large amount of bandwidth consumed. This means that we have nearly exceeded our allowance (roughly the same amount inbound and outbound). Looking ...
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fail2ban with static IP

Is there any point to running fail2ban to protect your SSH connection if you connect from a static IP? As far as I can see having fail2ban running means that you effectively open up port 22 to ...
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Do we need PSAD if we already have Fail2Ban?

I already have installed Fail2Ban on my server. I planned to install PSAD on it. Are they equal? Isn't it a good idea to keep them both?
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Configure Fail2ban for SSH and ldap

I have a fail2ban Installation on two Centos7 machine. And I want to secure SSH with it so I installed (The SSH protecting seems active) and set the allowed pw-fails to 5 and I left the banntime at ...
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fail2ban BANTIME not working for SASL

My fail2ban bantime does not appear to be working. I still get repeated ban notifications from the same IP within 45 minutes of each other. My bantime is set to 24 hours. [sasl] enabled = true port ...
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How to interpret postfix logs on Ubuntu

I just installed postfix on my server which runs Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS. I am a little confused as to how I should interpret the postfix logs located at /var/log/mail.log. Firstly, one of the reasons I ...
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fail2ban running on CentOS 7 & getting “ssh connection refused”

Is anyone successfully running fail2ban on CentOS 7 and can tell me how to do it? I tried to install fail2ban with yum install fail2ban and run it (there are no extra rules in iptables -L which seems ...
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How to add a jail for specific IPs in fail2ban?

I would like to add a specific list of IPs for which I would like to get an email from Fail2ban after they make a couple of "GET" requests. The pattern to look for in apache's access logs is ^1.2.3.4 ...
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Configure Fail2ban to ignore local (NAT) IPs

How can I configure fail2ban to always allow attempts from the local/NAT ips (ie 192.168.1.*). I have tried putting the following entry into /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf: [DEFAULT] # "ignoreip" can be ...
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Fail2ban bans me after sending successful 5 mails

Dear all I am using Fail2Ban v0.8.13 on CentOS 6 system in order to protect my Postfix servers. Basically it works so after 5 wrong login attempts on SMTP I get banned. Fail2Ban Jail conf ...
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Fail2Ban regex is wrong?

I'm currently setting up a filter to filter POST attacks on a file named xmlrpc.php. Requests that should be monitored in the log access look like: 1.99.437.201 - - [01/Feb/2016:01:57:14 +0000] "POST ...
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fail2ban says banned, but can still log in

Running fail2ban 0.8.14 on CentOS 6.5 with Python 2.6.6, fail2ban puts my IP in the banned list, but doesn't actually prevent me from logging in. Here's an example of a failed ban in ...
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Use Fail2ban to block proxied dovecot password attempts

I've searched around a great deal with this, but can't manage to come up with a solution. The easiest way of explaining it, is I used to have just 1 email server, now I have 2. The 1st email server ...
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fail2ban-regex matches with strings, but not with log and conf files, why?

If I run fail2ban-regex '31.22.105.115 - - [11/Apr/2014:18:09:54 +0100] "GET /admin/config.php HTTP/1.0" 301 573 "-" "-"' '^<HOST> - - (?:\[[^]]*\] ...
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fail2ban bad bots apache access log regex

Trying to block some bad bots using fail2ban reading Apache access log and stuck setting up correct regex. The line I want to match in the access log is: 5.10.83.65 - - [18/Mar/2014:09:06:38 +0400] ...
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Fail2Ban Testing

Running the following testing script to see if Fail2ban is working: fail2ban-regex /var/log/apache*/*access.log /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/apache-auth.conf I get this response: Running tests ...
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Strange java user agent in access.log

I recently noticed a huge load on my main production server, after some log parsing i stumbled upon a large number of those user agents originate from about 20 different IPs: 173.244.182.194 - - ...
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Setting up fail2ban to ban failed phpMyAdmin login attempts

We've been using fail2ban to block failed ssh attempts. I would like to setup the same thing for phpMyAdmin as well. As phpMyAdmin doesn't log authentication attempts to a file (that I know of), I'm ...
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Fail2Ban regex to match these lines?

I've been trying to get fail2ban to work with the Xeams email spam filter. But, I can't figure out what possible regex I should use to match the logs. The logs are in this format. 61.240.144.65 ...
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Is fail2ban not matching these lines just because of the port?

I would like fail2ban to engage against these lines and block the example IP address included: [Tue Dec 08 12:17:13.622175 2015] [:error] [pid 30390] [client 62.210.88.201:38139] script ...
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fail2ban for apache access log

I have tried all the approaches I know of to get the host from the apache access log but none have worked my basic testing approach is as follows: fail2ban-regex '87.97.244.57 - - ...
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What are the differences between Fail2Ban and BFD (Brute Force Detection)

I have used both Fail2Ban and BFD, typically I go with Fail2Ban on servers running IPTables, and BFD when servers are running APF. Are there any major differences between these 2 services? What are ...
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SELinux preventing Fail2Ban from emailing notification via msmtp

I have msmtp as a null client connecting to my AWS SES account for SMTP, delivering alerts such as cron, monit and soon hopefully Fail2Ban to my email addresses. However, Fail2Ban isn't playing ball, ...
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fail2ban blocks ip twice for some reason

I have a file of blacklisted IPs that get loaded through fail2ban into iptables when fail2ban starts up. Assuming the initial list looks like this at startup: Chain fail2ban-ip-blacklist (1 ...
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Fail2Ban Not Banning on CentOS 7 with SELinux

On a LEMP stack with WordPress and the WP fail2ban plugin, WordPress authentication issues get logged to /var/log/messages perfectly fine. $ sudo fail2ban-client version 0.9.2 In the last couple ...
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fail2ban not mailing on Arch

I have 3 servers, 2 Debian and 1 Arch. As usual the Arch makes me work hard for the simple things. This time it's fail2ban. My installation of fail2ban is default, its version 0.9.3-3. To test if my ...
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Debian Fail2ban action.d and filter.d scripts

I have a debian wheezy server on which I use Fail2ban that was loaded with the package installer. I noticed that while the version on my server (0.8.6-3wheezy3) is current, it does not match up with ...
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Debian port(s) not responding

I am fairly new to servers. I am trying to run a shoutcast server on debian. Shoutcast runs on a default port of 8000. My problem is it will not load when visiting xxx.xxx.xx.xxx:8000. When I log in ...
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How to ban Syn Flood Attacks using Fail2Ban?

In my log, I am frequently seeing dropped ips like this: > Oct 30 17:32:24 IPTables Dropped: IN=eth0 OUT= > MAC=04:01:2b:bd:b0:01:4c:96:14:ff:df:f0:08:00 SRC=62.210.94.116 > ...
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fail2ban flushing my existing IPTABLES rules

I just implemented fail2ban on a server for testing purposes. I have a BLACKLIST chain which blocks a huge set of CIDR masks that I don't want to reach my server. When fail2ban is triggered by a ...
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Trouble with Fail2Ban UFW Portscan Filter

I'm trying to create a filter for fail2ban that recognises port scans in the UFW logs. I've confirmed my ban action is working correctly on other filters and am having trouble creating the correct ...
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Fail2ban and X-Forwarded

I am configuring fail2ban on my webservers. My Webservers are behind ELB. so I configured X-forwarded to get the real IP's in Apache Access logs.But unfortunately fail2ban not able scan accesslogs ...
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fail2ban regex working but no action being taken

I have the following snippet of fail2ban configuration on Ubuntu 13.10 server: #jail.conf [apache-getphp] enabled = true port = http,https filter = apache-getphp action = ...
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How to configure fail2ban for constant refreshes

I have a page that shows election results. Some people who want to see these election results will keep clicking refresh as election night goes on. I don't want to block this traffic -- but I do want ...
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fail2ban jail not firing

Used fail2ban in a few different methods, and have now tried to get it to block hack attempts via smtp for sending spam through server. Regex matches ok when testing: Failregex |- Regular ...
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fail2ban ignoreip DNS host example?

I would like to add ".googlebot.com" to the ignore iplist for fail2ban since the ignoreip explanation mentions DNS host as an accepted input. Is this a proper format? # "ignoreip" can be an IP ...
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fail2ban with bridge-util

Hello and happy new year, I am wondering if I can use fail2ban on a virtual host that uses bridge-util. I am using LXC containers for virtualization and have therefore direct access to all the log ...
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Connection refused after installing vsftp on Ubuntu 8.04 with fail2ban

I have been using an Ubuntu 8.04 server with fail2ban for a while now (12+ months) and using ftp over SSH without any problems. I have a new user that needs to put files onto the server from an IP ...
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fail2ban on Ubuntu (defaults okay?)

I run an Ubuntu-based web-server (LAMP) and have installed fail2ban. Does it have sensible defaults to restrict malicious activity via SSH and any LAMP ports out-of-the-box? Or, does it need to be ...