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How to prevent host from bruteforce?

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  1. aboyz

    aboyz Well-Known Member

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    I checked my exim_mainlog and i'm constantly getting this:
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    2018-07-13 13:14:18.693 [16555] SMTP connection from [103.225.140.126]:51134 I=[192.254.130.159]:26 (TCP/IP connection count = 3)
    2018-07-13 13:14:18.781 [19770] list matching forced to fail: failed to find host name for 103.225.140.126
    2018-07-13 13:14:18.781 [19770] list matching forced to fail: failed to find host name for 103.225.140.126
    2018-07-13 13:14:22.462 [19770] dovecot_plain authenticator failed for (10.12.22.73) [103.225.140.126]:51134 I=[192.254.130.159]:26: 535 Incorrect authentication data (set_id=vgomez@example.com)
    2018-07-13 13:14:22.701 [19770] SMTP connection from (10.12.22.73) [103.225.140.126]:51134 I=[192.254.130.159]:26 lost D=4.006s
    2018-07-13 13:14:22.701 [19770] no MAIL in SMTP connection from (10.12.22.73) [103.225.140.126]:51134 I=[192.254.130.159]:26 D=4.007s C=EHLO,STARTTLS,EHLO,AUTH
    
    Is there a way to auto detect the IP and add auto block it?

    I tried to mess around with the
    cPHulk Brute Force Protection

    But I don't think its doing much or i'm configuring it wrong. I even add that IP to the blacklist but I still see it in the mail log.

    Anyone know the correct way to set this up?
     
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    Hi @aboyz

    This doesn't look like a brute force though, this looks like an SMTP connection from an IP address with a missing or invalid PTR record.
    None the less with the IP listed added to the blacklist it should be blocked. Do you see anything in the cPHulk logs for the IP? They're located at:

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    /usr/local/cpanel/logs/cphulkd.log
    /usr/local/cpanel/logs/cphulkd_errors.log
     
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    I do see the log in cphulkd.log
    [2018-07-15 08:02:10 +0000] info [cPhulkd] Login Blocked: The IP address is blacklisted. [Service]=[dovecot] [Local IP Address]=[192.254.130.158] [Remote IP Address]=[181.214.206.148] [Authentication Database]=[mail] [Username]=[edu@example.com]

    So its blocking it right? But why do I still see log in the exim_mainlog ? that that IP trying to connect in? should it be no more log?
     
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    Hi @aboyz

    The transaction is letting you know the IP address attempted to connect but failed, though the output doesn't do a great job of letting you know why it failed it looks to be unable to connect due to the cPhulk blacklisting. cPhulk can stop the ability to make a connection but it can't stop the attempt at the software level.

    Thanks!
     
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