fail 2 package – fail2ban does not recognize debians auth.log timestamp format


I just set up fail2ban on a Debian 6.0.9 and had some trouble getting it to work.
After some google research I found out that debian logs with a different time stamp to the auth.log than expected by fail2ban.


Strangely I found this problem a couple of times on google but no solution for it.

I fixed it quick and dirty by just substituting the timestamp with a wildcard in the “/etc/fail2ban/filter.d/sshd.conf”:

failregex = ^%(__prefix_line)s(?:error: PAM: )?Authentication failure for .* from \s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)s(?:error: PAM: )?User not known to the underlying authentication module for .* from \s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)sFailed (?:password|publickey) for .* from (?: port \d*)?(?: ssh\d*)?$
            ^%(__prefix_line)sROOT LOGIN REFUSED.* FROM \s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)s[iI](?:llegal|nvalid) user .* from \s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)sUser .+ from  not allowed because not listed in AllowUsers$
            .*authentication failure; logname=\S* uid=\S* euid=\S* tty=\S* ruser=\S* rhost=(?:\s+user=.*)?\s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)srefused connect from \S+ \(\)\s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)sAddress  .* POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!*\s*$
            ^%(__prefix_line)sUser .+ from  not allowed because none of user's groups are listed in AllowGroups\s*$


with this modified line (4th from the bottom) fail2ban is now working fine for me!

If you are running ssh on a non-standard port like I am make sure to edit the [ssh] section of the “/etc/fail2ban/jail.local” config file:


enabled = true
port    = all
banaction = iptables-allports
filter  = sshd
logpath  = /var/log/auth.log
maxretry = 6


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