HOWTO fail2ban 0.7.x

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HowTo test the new development branch

For quite a long time now, a new branch is in development. This is almost a complete rewrite with a lot of new features and a better design. There is still a lot of work but this new branch is already functional and can be tested.

This HowTo will not delete or modify your current Fail2ban setup. You only have to turn off any previous version during the tests.

Getting the sources

There is two ways of getting the sources:

There is no official release of the 0.7 branch (trunk) yet. The best way for getting the sources is Subversion. The instructions are available here but here is a quick reminder:

svn co fail2ban-trunk

The sources are now available in the directory called fail2ban-trunk. If you decide to use the tarball, simply run:

tar xvfj fail2ban-nightly.tar.bz2

You should have a directory called fail2ban-0.7.0-SVN.

Change your current directory to fail2ban-trunk or fail2ban-0.7.0-SVN.


The configuration folder should look like this:

|-- action.d
|   |-- dummy.conf
|   |-- foo.conf
|   |-- hostsdeny.conf
|   |-- iptables.conf
|   |-- mail-whois.conf
|   `-- mail.conf
|-- fail2ban.conf
|-- filter.d
|   |-- apache-auth.conf
|   |-- sshd.conf
|   `-- vsftpd.conf
`-- jail.conf

The most important file is probably jail.conf. It contains the definition of your jails. A jails is the combination of one filter and one or several actions. More information about the jail concept are available here. You can override configuration files using a .local file. Per example, config/fail2ban.local overrides the settings in config/fail2ban.conf.

For this tutorial, we will setup a configuration similar to what previous versions do: parse SSH logs, ban hosts using iptables and send notification e-mails.

SSH filter setup

The default configuration for the SSH filter should not require too much changes. However, you could have to change the path of the logs file. Create config/filter.d/sshd.local and add the following content.



Thus, we do not have to change config/filter.d/sshd.conf. This is quite useful when upgrading or if you want to save your own changes. Adapt the value of logpath to point to your SSH daemon log file.

Iptables action setup

The Iptables script should be fine. However, some settings have to be set in config/jail.conf.

Jail setup

We are now able to define our first jail. Actually, config/jail.conf is a bit messy... I suggest your erase all the sections in this file and add this.


enabled = true
filter = sshd
action = iptables[name=ssh,port=22,protocol=tcp]
maxretry = 3

The filter option is the name of a file in config/filter.d without the .conf extension. The action field is more interesting. Here, we set as first action the iptables script. Action script can have parameters. Have a look at config/action.d/iptables.conf. Please, be aware that no spaces are allowed in the parameters field. This will be fixed in the future. We define a second action. It will send a notification e-mail. Just replace the dest parameter with your e-mail address. Be aware that the mail script uses the mail command of the system. Ensure this command works on your box.

To be continued...