Over the last few days I noticed in my logwatch e-mails that one IP address kept trying to log in to my server, even though it was blocked regularly by fail2ban.

Here’s a post that explains how to simply add a list of IP addresses to block permanently. There’s only one catch: the listing provided there contains an error, the word <name> is missing in the iptables command, probably due to HTML conversion. This is the correct line to be insterted into the actionstart section of /etc/fail2ban/action.d/iptables-multiport.conf:

cat /etc/fail2ban/ip.blacklist | while read IP; do iptables -I fail2ban-<name> 1 -s $IP -j DROP; done

Use the following command to check if the IP address is indeed banned:

$ sudo iptables  -L fail2ban-ssh
Chain fail2ban-ssh (1 references)
target     prot opt source               destination         
DROP       all  --        anywhere            
RETURN     all  --  anywhere             anywhere 

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