Block all IP addresses and domains that have attempted brute force SSH login to computer

(bzcat BZIP2_FILES && cat TEXT_FILES) | grep -E "Invalid user|PAM" | grep -o -E "from .+" | awk '{print $2}' | sort | uniq >> /etc/hosts.deny
Searches all log files (including archived bzip2 files) for invalid user and PAM authentication errors, both of which are indicative of brute force attempts at logging into computer. A list of all unique IP addresses and domain names is appended to hosts.deny. The command (and grep error messages) will work on Mac OS X 10.6, small adjustments may be needed for other OSs.

2010-01-03 04:41:51

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What if I just incorrectly type my password a couple of times?
kaedenn · 611 weeks and 6 days ago
Would it be possible to do it for every IP that had more than 5 failed login attempts?
gromburger · 611 weeks and 5 days ago
install the denyhosts package or fail2ban to get this automated for you. Good++ use of the commandline though :)
linuxrawkstar · 611 weeks and 5 days ago
like linuxrawkstar said... "sudo apt-get install fail2ban"
DrAzraelTod · 611 weeks and 3 days ago
@linuxrawkstar @DrAzraelTod Already installed denyhosts. :) The Mac-specific corrections are wrong on the website. Above command helped me figure out regexes for denyhosts. Love python and regexes.
jayhawkbabe · 611 weeks and 2 days ago

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