I am hosting a bunch of PHP web sites on a web server. While I have taken all precautionary mesaures to protect all ports, Port 80 specific attacks continue. I want to ban any IP Address that taken an active interest in any web page(s) more than say 200 in an hour, or 15 in a minute. I am assuming that a human user cannot surf 15 pages in a minute unless he has reasons that are indeed worth suspecting.

Ideally I would like the IP Addresses to be logged into a banned databases, and also have a white listed IP Addresses for those IP Addresses belonging to my client.

Is there any ready tool which does all this. I saw fail2ban and it does not serve the purpose...

  • What about proxies and NAT? All employees of a given office will likely come from the same public IP address.
    – Julien
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 15:19

3 Answers 3


What you need to do is this: 1) Watch the apache logs for access 2) block IP addresses that you qualify on the firewall (via a script).

fail2ban will do what you want, with a little more work than reading the Google search tagline.

  • Also, be sure to white list search engine's bots. You can use a /robots.txt file to tell them what not to index.
    – Chris Nava
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 14:34

How about using existing services such as Project Honeypot?


This works on my Raspberry Pi running a version of linux and php:

To run iptables from php, add the following to /etc/sudoers www-data ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /sbin/iptables

Some people don't like giving www-data access to iptables. They say it's a security risk. But I think it's ok because they just got banned.

// Get the ip address of the client.
$remote_addr = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];
// Ban them.
if (is_ip($remote_addr)) {
    // Save the banned IP address.
    $logfile = '/run/shm/banned.txt';
// Returns true if $ip is a valid ip address.
function is_ip($ip)
    $count = strlen($ip);
    $valid = '0123456789.:';
    for($loop=0;$loop<$count;$loop++) {
        if (strpos($valid,substr($ip,$loop,1))===false) {
            return false;
    return true;
// Bans an ip address.
function ban_ip($ip)
    $cmd = 'sudo /sbin/iptables -A INPUT -s ' . $ip . ' -j DROP';

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