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Fail2ban Alternatives

Fail2ban is described as 'scans log files (e.g. /var/log/apache/error_log) and bans IPs that show the malicious signs -- too many password failures, seeking for exploits, etc' and is a Firewall in the security & privacy category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Fail2ban for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Mac and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is CrowdSec, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Fail2ban are SSHGuard, IPBan, Denyhosts and RdpGuard.

Fail2ban alternatives are mainly Firewalls but may also be Remote Desktop Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Fail2ban.
This page was last updated May 17, 2021
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

Fail2ban scans log files (e.g. /var/log/apache/error_log) and bans IPs that show the malicious signs -- too many password...

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  1. CrowdSec

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    CrowdSec is a cybersecurity automation engine, leveraging the unique combination of local IP behavior & global reputation features.

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  2. SSHGuard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    SSHGuard monitors services through their logging activity. It reacts to messages about dangerous activity by blocking the source address with the local firewall.

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    Easier to configure, and no errors like Fail2Ban!

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  3. IPBan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A FREE and open source application that allows auto banning ip addresses from failed login attempts. Many sources are watched such as SSH, SMTP, SQL-Server, MySQL, RDP and dropped packets.

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    Most users think IPBan is a great alternative to Fail2ban.

    Free and works on Windows, easy to setup

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  4. Denyhosts

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The idea of denying access to SSH servers is nothing new and I was inspired by many other scripts that I discovered. However, none of them did things the way I envisioned them to. Also, they were all shell scripts which do not offer the elegance of Python.

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  5. RdpGuard

    • Windows

    RdpGuard allows you to protect your Remote Desktop (RDP) from brute-force attacks by blocking attacker's IP address. Fail2Ban for Windows.

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    Reliable, high detection ratio, actively developed and supported.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  6. Cyberarms Intrusion Detection and Defense

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Out-of-the-box security for Remote Deskop, Exchange, OWA, SharePoint, CRM, generic IIS applications and many other server systems.

    Discontinued

    Software has been set open-source and abandoned by the main developer. Seems a very good detector but fails to successfully stop attacks. When I have it set to block IPs after 5 failed attempts I shouldn't see multiple entries showing 300 attempts by the same IP addresses.

  7. Hookem-Banem

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Built to react fast in server farms environments (ISPs, HSPs, organisations...) Hookem-Banem is a log monitoring system which monitors logs being sent to a central server (syslog, file...

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  8. Sentry (Bruteforce attack blocker)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Prevents Brute Force Attacks Against SSH, FTP, SMTP and More.

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  9. SpyLog

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Monitor logs from several sources and execute actions based on some rules. Can be used to protecet against brute-force attacks

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  10. Pyruse

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Light-weight and extra-configurable peruser of systemd journal logs: ban IP, send immediate email, daily report… all based on a single JSON configuration file.

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    Customizable. Well-defined behaviour. Modern.

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