IPBan – The Simplest Way to Block Hackers and Bot Nets




IPBan for Windows Donation

Is your server getting hacked? Do you need to block ip addresses automatically? Dealing with a brute force attack? Don’t want to spend your life savings on SysPeace or other overly priced security software? IPBan is for you.

A while ago, I noticed a disturbing trend in the event viewer on one of our dedicated Windows servers. We were getting thousands of failed login attempts to terminal services (remote desktop). I decided I would enable the terminal services auto-ban, so after 5 login attempts the ip address would get banned for 24 hours. This only solved part of the problem, as the attacker continued to flood our server with requests, causing the windows logon process (csrss.exe kept appearing and disappearing in task manager) to continually spin up and shut down. This actually caused significant CPU (10%+) and disk IO as the event viewer continually wrote failed login attempts.

After searching the Interwebs for a better way, I did not find anything that I liked or that didn’t spike my CPU usage, so I decided to make a free (if you install it yourself) tool in C# to auto-ban ip addresses. This tool is constantly improving. Right now it can block ip addresses as found in the event log for audit-failure events. It is very configurable as well.

Features include:
– Unlimited number of ip addresses to ban
– Duration to ban ip address
– Number of failed login attempts before ban
– Whitelist of comma separated ip addresses or regex to never ban
– Blacklist of comma separated ip addresses or regex to always ban
– Custom prefix to windows firewall rules
– Custom keywords, XPath and Regex to parse event viewer logs for failed login attempts
– Refreshes config so no need to restart the service when you change something
– Highly configurable, ban anything that comes through Windows Event Viewer
– A GREAT and FREE (if you install it yourself) alternative to RdpGuard or Syspeace
– Contains configuration to block Remote Desktop attempts, Microsoft SQL Server login attempts and MySQL Server login attempts by default
– Runs on Linux and Windows

If you found IPBan useful, would you consider helping support the project by donating? Thank you for your consideration.

I am also willing to do contracting work to improve IPBan if it doesn’t fit your needs or to help you set it up on your servers. Please email me at [email protected] if you would like paid services.

*INSTRUCTIONS*: https://github.com/jjxtra/IPBan




Windows IPBan Donation

Need help configuring IPBan? I’m happy to help with simple questions. For more involved assistance, I do consulting. Please email me at [email protected] and I’d be happy to consider your proposal.

Testimonials:

A few days ago I was checking the event logs for my server that hosts a MSSQL DB. I could see that I was under attack by a port scanner (changing IP addresses for each attack ‘period’). I know I should not have MSSQL exposed to the world but the users are remote so it was the easiest solution for me. Anyway, I came across IPBAN. Because of the concise directions on your Git repository I was able to easily setup a service. The results were immediate, as the banlog.txt file had an entry immediately after starting the service, thus putting an end to the current attack. The purpose of this email is simply to express my gratitude for developing the program. The people responsible for the attack are the lowlifes of the internet while you are on the complete opposite side of the scale! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the help.

– Jim

Bravo! This is a master piece!

– Periklis

Really a neat tool. This really works as advertised, and wow does it cut down on the noise. Your code structure made it really easy as well to add a couple lines to immediately ban non-US IPs (using a 3rd party geocoding service). Thanks for this great tool.

– Matt C

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keith
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Hiya,

Im still running this software, it is great, I have however, created a script that gets the banlog from multiple servers and combines it into one list and then blocks all the ips across the servers, my question is if I put a populated banlog into the folder, ie overwrite the one made, will the system use that to ban ips or not. ? or will it use its own db to check and block still ?

Patrik Palsson
Guest

Hi,

recieved a lot of attacks that even slowed down our site and came across this little neat program. Can only recomend it. A little bit tricky to learn regex and the use of the <ipadress> variable. Would be nice with some more documentation of how to create regex:es with the variable. Made a small donation because the programmer deserves it. He saved us a lot of headache. Carry on with your hard work!

Regards

Patrik

Greg
Guest

I’m testing IPBan on my Windows 2008 R2 server right now, but I’m getting a lot of these log messages, every few seconds. They are related to EventID 5152, which is something about Firewall blocking rouge packets, which is fine with me, but would prefer to shut down these message from IPBan log – hard to find anything significant in it otherwise. There is something about event 5152, would commenting out this group in the config file still keep me safe? This is one of the log entries in question: 2015-12-25 17:43:06.4365|INFO|FileLogger|Processing xml: <Event xmlns=’http://sc hemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event’><System><Provider Name=’Microsoft- Windows-Security-Auditing’ Guid='{54849625-5478-4994-A5BA-3E3B0328C30D}’/><Event ID>5152</EventID><Version>0</Version><Level>0</Level><Task>12809</Task><Opcode>0… Read more »

Christopher York
Guest
Christopher York

This does not work with TLS / SSL. Windows does not log the IP so it cannot detect the attacker.

POD
Guest
POD

it has been a while since the last comment this site has received. and I just thought I’d make one to pay respect and gratitude to the people/team who made this wonderful, effective and functional tool in blocking cheap hack attempts from deucebags.

Thank you guys soooo much! your efforts are really really APPRECIATED.

 

-from Philippines

David
Guest
David

Hi,

Thank you for the great software that you made.

I’m using Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition (64-bit) and your tool work like a charm. A little thing that I should do was to rename the key word “MSSQLSERVER” in IPBan.exe.config to MSSQL$SQLEXPRESS because that is how event viewer reports massages from the sql server.

Peter
Guest
Peter

thank you very much!

your software is vaild,  very ok, i used it ,it can auto-add firewall deny list,and  smart,small…

 

Craig
Guest
Craig

Hi Jeff, IPBan has been really helpful with stopping our online gaming server being hacked, so a big thank you. I am joint admin with Klyde, who has comment on here previously.  We have come across an issue with the number of entries that are being inserted into the banlog.txt.  IPBan seems to reach a maximum number of entries at around 600, once we reach the maximum, it stops logging new ip’s. We have a work around for the time being, we rename the windows firewall rule that IPBan inserts and then inserts a new rule with a clean banlog.… Read more »

Pedro
Guest
Pedro

Hi! First I would like to congratulate you for the great piece of software you created. I managed to install it without problems but It doesn’t seem to block any remote sessions with wrong passwords. I also noticed that a log file isn’t created. I even created it manually but nothing is written there. I run IPBAN.exe debug and no blacklisted IPs are shown. Actually, there is only some activity if I successfully access the server. What could be the problem? I also attach my configuration file. Thanks for your help! c:\IPBAN>IPBAN.exe debug 2015-06-05 11:32:28.1448|INFO|FileLogger|Started IPBan service Press ENTER to… Read more »

Klyde
Guest
Klyde

Wow, what a neat little program as it has really help us stop brute force attracts against our Online Game Hosting Server. However; sometimes I see someone really nefarious (in china) attempt just once or twice a night and we have our limit set to three.  I really would like to put their entire net range in our Black List.  Problem is that I am a “Regular Expressions” dummy.  Once I add the following entry, the IPban service will not start till I remove it.  Thought I got it right but apparently NOT.  Looking to block 198.50.128.0 thru 198.50.255.255 <add… Read more »

Ken
Guest
Ken

1st off, great tool, been using it for the last few years on our terminal servers.

Sometime within the last two weeks, it has stopped creating firewall rules.  I see the banscript.txt is being updated, but no rules are being added to the firewall.

Thanks for any assistance

Ken

 

Andrey
Guest
Andrey

when i add rule from command line like this:
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”BlockIPAddresses” dir=in action=block protocol=any remoteip=”193.189.69.94″
all works properly

then i restart service “ipban” and rule deleted from firewall!!

In script of “ipban” i see next syntax:
pushd advfirewall firewall
set rule name=”BlockIPAddresses” new remoteip “…” action=block protocol=any dir=in
popd

i think this trouble whith syntax:
1. netsh advfirewall firewall add rule
2. name
3. dir
4. action
5. protocol
6. remoteip
but not like this:

1. pushd advfirewall firewall set rule
2. name
3. new remoteip
4. action
5. protocol
6. dir

Andrey
Guest
Andrey

i mean need change placement “remoteip” to last

Klyde
Guest
Klyde

Follow up,

I was using Windows Remote Desktop Protocol with Administrator user & password.

Shortly after my initial post here, I noticed entries in the Security Event Log showing 3 failed login attempts.  A Banlist text file had been created and it held their IP Addr.

Why had it not done so for my 5 failed attempts???

Is the User = Administrator exempt from this function???

Happy that it appears to be working on others but not sure why it didn’t work on me and concerned that someone using the user = Administrator still leaves me being vulnerable.

Thanks.

 

 

Klyde
Guest
Klyde

Hi, 1st – I am not a savvy Network Guru, so bear with my ignorance but I thought I followed all instructions properly and it seem not to be successful for me. created Service for IPban software but did not make it auto start – debug & testing phase ban limit set to 3 failed login attempts & ban time of 5 mins – debug & testing phase started service successfully & logged out – attempted 5 false login attempts was able to immediately sign in properly without wait for any ban to lift ??? Here is what is in… Read more »

Ray White
Guest
Ray White

Hi I think there might be something wrong with this build it says that almost everyone is blacklisted even though I have nothing in the blacklisted keys. I tried putting some ip addresses in the blacklisted keys and it still says people are blacklisted. The whitelisted keys still seem to work though.

Mike
Guest
Mike

Hi, software great but I can’t seem to add an ip address to the whitelist it keeps getting blacklisted. Could you post an example of what the text should look like? Thank You in advance.

thatanos
Guest
thatanos

Hi, there is any option to use this program to control the SMTP access and ban IP that doesn´t check the relay configuration? We are suffering more than 500 conex per second on our server throught SMTP and port 25, and We are crazy about how to avoid in after tying barracuda, SPF,  PTR and a lot of other options but as we aren´t relaying the mails cause our security options, we  (our clients) are suffering a lot of connection refused due to the  use of the maximun allowed sockets.   Could we use this program in any way to… Read more »

Russell
Guest
Russell

What’s the best way to unban a particular single IP that you know is legitimate?

Yull27
Guest
Yull27

Hi,

First, I want to thank you for this great solution. Clever!!

But, there is always a ‘but’… I got one problem. It seems it doesn’t match the MSSQL ip logs files details as follow:

2014-08-25 11:11:05.8699|WARN|FileLogger|Regex \[CLIENT: ?(?<ipaddress>.*?)\] did not match any nodes with xpath //Data

2014-08-25 11:11:06.2579|INFO|FileLogger|Processing xml: <Event xmlns=’http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event’><System><Provider Name=’MSSQLSERVER’/><EventID Qualifiers=’49152′>18456</EventID><Level>0</Level><Task>4</Task><Keywords>0x90000000000000</Keywords><TimeCreated SystemTime=’2014-08-25T09:11:06.000000000Z’/><EventRecordID>116411121</EventRecordID><Channel>Application</Channel><Computer>s16240956</Computer><Security/></System><EventData><Data>sa</Data><Data> Raison : impossible de trouver une connexion correspondant au nom fourni.</Data><Data> [CLIENT : 218.10.17.192]</Data><Binary>184800000E0000000A0000005300310036003200340030003900350036000000070000006D00610073007400650072000000</Binary></EventData></Event>
2014-08-25 11:11:06.2579|INFO|FileLogger|No regex, so counting as a match

 

Hope you could help. I try to change several times the regex, but still the same result…

Cheers,

Yull

Russell
Guest
Russell

Jeff, First off thanks for making this program, it’s much appreciated. I’ve had it running on one of my Win Server 2008 SP2 systems and I was taking a look at some very large log files and I noticed some IP’s getting to VERY high ban counts, over several minutes… and not getting banned.  I looked at my whitelisting and I see nothing that would account for this. (I do not use whitelist regex). Here’s one example of many: 2014-08-01 05:11:54.2003|INFO|FileLogger|Incrementing count for ip 77.91.135.48 to 284, user name: administrator 2014-08-01 05:11:54.2003|INFO|FileLogger|Got event with ip address 77.91.135.48, count 284, ip… Read more »

camulatz
Guest
camulatz

Hey JJxtra,

ho to edit IPBan.exe.config for banning Mdaemon login attempts logged like this :


521
3
0
0x80000000000000

16544
Application
webserver.domain.tld


**** ALERT **** 151.50.217.21 gave false logon/password to POP server; user: [email protected] [EvSecurity]

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