I have just installed Fail2Ban.

I want to add my ISP IP to my ignore list but my IP is dynamic.

In the jail.conf file, I have like this:


# "ignoreip" can be an IP address, a CIDR mask or a DNS host
ignoreip =
bantime  = 600
maxretry = 3

My DNS look something like this: 12-123-112-223.zone6.myISPName.co.uk

Is it possible to add DNS wild to the ignore list? eg, *.myISPName.co.uk

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    I don't see why you would need to do this. Connections within your computer will have a source address of Make sure you aren't banning the destination address. – BillThor Mar 10 '12 at 18:32

fail2ban don't allow you to use wildcard addresses.
You have several possibilities :
1. use a dynamic DNS for the address you want to exclude
2. write an accept rule for iptable, executed prior to fail2ban rules
3. just configure fail2ban

How to configure fail2ban to ignore your address ?
Inside /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/ you have pre-made filters. Your rule(s) already use one of them (for example with filter = sshd use the sshd filter).
Just modify the filter(s) you want (or modify a copy) to add an "exclude" rule.
The exclude rules start with ignoreregex. They are written exactly as the "match" rules. Have a look at man fail2ban-regex.
For your example you can just add ignoreregex .myISPName.co.uk in the desired filter.
But this will also protect any attacker from the same ISP.

  • In contrast to the OP's jail.config, mine says ignoreip = <-- Do you know what that / (slash) is there for? Is it perhaps a range between 1–8, no? If so, maybe it's possible to enter the first static numbers and put the dynamic numbers between 1/255 … I may be totally out in the blue here, though. :) – Henrik Apr 22 '12 at 20:04
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    /8 means the number of bits set to 1 in the netmask. So /8 means and /24 mean – Gregory MOUSSAT Apr 22 '12 at 21:14

create a simple script in /usr/local/bin/userip

if [ ! -z $1 ]; then
    who --ips | grep ^$1 | rev | cut -d' ' -f1 | rev | tail -n1

That Get ip address of logged username passed in first argument

Edit /etc/fail2ban/action.d/iptables-multiport.conf (or iptables.conf)

actionban = [ ''$(userip YOURUSER) != '<ip>' ] && iptables -I fail2ban-<name> 1 -s <ip> -j DROP

now fail2ban not block your ip address until you are logged with your username YOURUSER with ssh


My log file has only IP numbers (no domain names), so ignoreregex didn't work for me.

I'll post here what I did, in the case it is useful for someone trying to do something similar. This was done on Ubuntu 18.04, with Fail2Ban v0.10.2.

  1. Create a script that takes an IP number, do a reverse DNS lookup, and check if the hostname is in the allowed domain name. Put that script in /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/ignorecommands. I named that script ignorehost.
#!/usr/bin/env fail2ban-python
# Inspired by apache-fakegooglebot script
# Written in Python to reuse built-in Python batteries and not depend on
# presence of host and cut commands
import sys
import re
from fail2ban.server.ipdns import DNSUtils, IPAddr


def process_args(argv):
    if len(argv) != 2:
       raise ValueError("Please provide a single IP as an argument. Got: %s\n"
                        % (argv[1:]))
    ip = argv[1]

    if not IPAddr(ip).isValid:
       raise ValueError("Argument must be a single valid IP. Got: %s\n"
                        % ip)
    print("Ip received!")

    return ip

def is_allowed_host(ip):
    host = DNSUtils.ipToName(ip)
    if not host:
        return False
        m = re.match('.\S+(-\d+)(?P<domain>\.\S+)', host)
        domain = m.group('domain')
        if domain in ALLOWED_HOSTS:
           return True
           return False

if __name__ == '__main__': # pragma: no cover
      ret = is_allowed_host(process_args(sys.argv))
    except ValueError as e:
    sys.exit(0 if ret else 1)
  1. Add this line to the desired jail(s), in /etc/fail2ban/jail.local:

ignorecommand = %(ignorecommands_dir)s/ignorehost <ip>

In my case, I put that line in the ssh and sshd jails:


ignorecommand = %(ignorecommands_dir)s/ignorehost <ip>


ignorecommand = %(ignorecommands_dir)s/ignorehost <ip>
  1. Reload fail2ban

systemctl reload fail2ban.service

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