Fail2ban version v0.10.2

I have a simple jail that looks for a specific user agent.

enabled = true
filter = barkrowler
logpath = /var/log/apache2/proxy.mydomain.com.access.log
port = 80,81,8103,8203,8303
maxretry = 1 
findtime = 10
bantime = 86400
action = iptables-allports[name=barkrowler]

The /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/barkrowler.conf file

failregex=^.*\| <HOST> .*Barkrowler.*

A typical access log line from this user agent

[2020-10-13 14:23:09 (Tue)] | server20 | R:- | www.mydomain.com | |"GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" | 301 | 249 | 80 | "-" | "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Barkrowler/0.9; +https://babbar.tech/crawler)"

fail2ban-regex shows me it matches

root@server20:/etc/fail2ban# fail2ban-regex --print-all-matched /var/log/apache2/proxy.mydomain.com.access.log /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/barkrowler.conf 

Running tests

Use   failregex filter file : barkrowler, basedir: /etc/fail2ban
Use         log file : /var/log/apache2/proxy.mydomain.com.access.log
Use         encoding : UTF-8


Failregex: 1354 total
|-  #) [# of hits] regular expression
|   1) [1354] ^.*\| <HOST> .*Barkrowler.*

Ignoreregex: 0 total

Date template hits:
|- [# of hits] date format
|  [1106761] {^LN-BEG}ExYear(?P<_sep>[-/.])Month(?P=_sep)Day(?:T|  ?)24hour:Minute:Second(?:[.,]Microseconds)?(?:\s*Zone offset)?

Any idea of what could be wrong? My backend is pyinotify and time is correct.

root@server20:/etc/fail2ban# timedatectl
                      Local time: Tue 2020-10-13 14:47:37 CDT
                  Universal time: Tue 2020-10-13 19:47:37 UTC
                        RTC time: Tue 2020-10-13 19:47:37
                       Time zone: America/Chicago (CDT, -0500)
       System clock synchronized: yes
systemd-timesyncd.service active: yes
                 RTC in local TZ: no

Fail2ban log never says anything beyond this when it's started:

2020-10-13 14:17:45,055 fail2ban.jail [18459]: INFO Jail 'barkrowler' started


It appears that my problem was related to the findtime portion of my jail. Observing the log hits, I realized they were more spaced out than fail2ban was detecting (1-2 minutes apart). I changed it to findtime = 120, and it began banning.

So, anyone out there having this problem, if the rest of your configs are correct, and your regex is sound, pay attention to these (findtime and maxretry).

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