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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is fail2ban safe? Better to use ssh keys?

I'm in doubt if I should use key authentication when logging into SSH, or just go for fail2ban + ssh (root login disabled). Is fail2ban safe or is it really better to just go ahead and generate keys ...
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fail2ban and denyhosts constantly ban me on Ubuntu

I just got an Ubuntu instance on Linode. To secure the SSH on it, I installed fail2ban (using apt-get), but then had a problem: fail2ban kept banning my IP (for limited durations, thankfully) even ...
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Any non-custom way to manage iptables with fail2ban and libvirt+kvm?

I have an Ubuntu 9.04 server running libvirt/kvm and fail2ban (for SSH attacks). Both libvirt and fail2ban integrate with iptables in different ways. Libvirt uses (I think) some XML config and ...
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Denyhosts vs fail2ban vs iptables- best way to prevent brute force logons?

I'm setting up a LAMP server and need to prevent SSH/FTP/etc. brute-force logon attempts from succeeding. I've seen many recommendations for both denyhosts and fail2ban, but few comparisons of the ...
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is there any valid reason for users to request phpinfo()

I'm working on writing a set of rules for fail2ban to make life a little more interesting for whoever is trying to bruteforce his way into my system. A good majority of the attempts tend to revolve ...
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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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“Couldn't find package fail2ban”?

Ubuntu Server 9.10 Hi Guys, I think this one is a simple one... I'm trying to install fail2ban and get the following error: $ sudo apt-get install fail2ban Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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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 ...