November 26, 2018

How to Install fail2ban on Ubuntu Server 18.04

If you're looking to secure your Ubuntu Server, one of the first things you should do is install the fail2ban intrusion detection system. What fail2ban does is monitor specific log files (in /var/log) for failed login attempts or automated attacks on your server. When an attempted compromise is discovered from an IP address, fail2ban then blocks the IP address (by adding a new chain to iptables) from gaining entry (or attempting to further attack) the server.

Believe it or not, fail2ban is so easy to install and use, it should be considered a no-brainer for all Linux servers.

I want to walk you through the process of installing fail2ban on Ubuntu Server 18.04. I'll then show you how to add a jail to monitor for failed SSH login attempts.

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