fail2ban vs. logrotate

Marvin Kosmal mkosmal at
Mon Oct 24 18:17:47 UTC 2011

On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM, Mike Wohlgemuth <mjw at> wrote:

> I've installed fail2ban on Fedora 15 to block repeated failed ssh
> connections.  It works great up until logrotate kicks in.  When it
> rotates /var/log/secure then fail2ban stops noticing failed ssh
> attempts.  Using fail2ban-client to reload the jail fixes the problem,
> but it also causes fail2ban to forget all currently banned IP
> addresses.  I've found scripts online that will allow for extracting the
> current bans before reloading, and then applying them again after, but
> that seems pretty extreme. I can't help but think I must be missing
> something simple that will get fail2ban to notice that the logs have
> been rotated.  Has anyone else seeing this issue?  I see some reports in
> bugzilla about fail2ban, but nothing that is definitely this problem.
> Thanks
> Mike
> --


This does not address your problem directly.

I use a program called  denyhosts for blocking ssh attempts.  It creates a
list in  /etc/hosts.deny.

Great program.

Good luck

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