[CentOS] CentOS 6.3 - fail2ban not working properly + workaround

Fabien Archambault fabien.archambault at univ-amu.fr
Tue Mar 12 18:03:58 UTC 2013

2013/3/12 Theo Band <theo.band at greenpeak.com>:
> On 03/12/2013 05:35 PM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>> I'm running fail2ban on my server (under CentOS-6.4)
>> and it seems to be running according to
>> -------------------------
>> [tim at grover fail2ban]$ sudo service fail2ban status
>> Fail2ban (pid 31794) is running...
>> Status
>> |- Number of jail:      1
>> `- Jail list:           ssh-iptables
>> -------------------------
>> I have absolutely no idea how fail2ban works,
>> and I'm running it with the default /etc/fail2ban/fail2ban.conf ,
>> which seems to set the logfile to /var/log/fail2ban.log .
>> Should I actually study how it is meant to be configured?
>> I just yum-installed it (from Epel, I assume)
>> and hope it does its job, whatever that is.
> It sets up iptables rules for every jail that is configured (iptables
> -L). You seem to have only the ssh-iptables configured. Check the date
> of the logfile. I noticed that SYSLOG is now used for logging. It used
> to be /var/log/fail2ban.log in the past. I removed the old log file.
> If ssh is the only public service you want to protect against brute
> force, then you don't need to setup anything. But have a look in
> /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf and add at least your email address to get a
> notification when it blocks access. There lots of other "jails" that can
> be enabled.
> Normally I receive several messages a day. So not receiving them means
> that the service is no longer protecting. Simply because it watches a
> renamed no longer updated version of /var/log/secure:
> ls -l /var/log/secure*
> -rw------- 1 root root 2130892 Mar 12 18:25 /var/log/secure
> -rw------- 1 root root 1374710 Feb 17 01:31 /var/log/secure-20130217
> -rw------- 1 root root 1482646 Feb 24 03:09 /var/log/secure-20130224
> -rw------- 1 root root 1732930 Mar  3 03:13 /var/log/secure-20130303
> -rw------- 1 root root  656454 Mar 10 03:12 /var/log/secure-20130310
> Once a week fail2ban stops working as a new secure log file is created
> (logrotate) and it seems to watch the only old name. You will not see
> any error message and status show as running.
> But I have no proof that it keeps working with the gamin fix.
> Theo

I too have the same problem but couldn't figure where is the issue. It
stops working even if the service says all is right. I have to restart
the service to let it work again...

I will try to find through your idea.


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