Fail2Ban Custom Action

I decided to experiment with creating a central database to hold the IP addresses banned by various servers / honeypots running Fail2Ban – so that the information could be used as a source for IPtables or TCPWrappers to protect other servers.

I created the file /etc/fail2ban/action.d/qshield.conf and in it placed the following:

Then editied /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf adding a qshield line below the iptables action as follows:

enabled  = true
filter   = sshd
action   = iptables[name=SSH, port=ssh, protocol=tcp]
logpath  = /var/log/secure
maxretry = 4
bantime  = 1200

So the qshield action calls the web address blocklist.php that contains PHP code to add the details to a database for example:

$strTargetIp=filter_var($_REQUEST[‘target_ip’], FILTER_VALIDATE_IP);


$db = mysql_connect($DBHOST,$DBUSER,$DBPASS);
$query = “INSERT INTO blocklist (target_ip,source_ip,source_details,cdate,added_by) VALUES (‘”.$strTargetIp.”‘,'”.$strSourceIp.”‘,'”.$strSourceDetails.”‘,'”.date(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’).”‘,'”.$strAddedBy.”‘)”;
$result = mysql_query($query);
echo “OK IP added “.$strTargetIp;
echo “Oops there was a problem!”;
Obviously to improve the whole setup I would need to add API keys to authroise the adding of entries but I am still playing about with this.

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