Bug 1128152 - fail2ban pam-generic jail uses /var/log/auth.log, which does not exist
Summary: fail2ban pam-generic jail uses /var/log/auth.log, which does not exist
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fail2ban
Version: 20
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Orion Poplawski
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: fst_owner=samxan
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-08-08 12:45 UTC by Jonathan Kamens
Modified: 2015-06-30 01:36 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: 0.9.1-1.fc20
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2015-06-30 01:36:29 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Jonathan Kamens 2014-08-08 12:45:10 UTC
From /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf:

# pam-generic filter can be customized to monitor specific subset of 'tty's     
banaction = iptables-allports
logpath  = /var/log/auth.log

But /var/log/auth.log doesn't exist on my system and I don't see any evidence that it should.

I believe fail2ban should be looking at /var/log/secure.

I just discovered this bug, and the fact that because of this bug my system hasn't been protected by fail2ban since I installed the most recent fail2ban update on May 29, since fail2ban crashes when it encounters a configured log file that it can't open. That's presumably true for every other Fedora 20 user of fail2ban who installed this update.

Wow, that's bad.

Comment 1 Jonathan Kamens 2014-08-08 12:45:57 UTC
Minor correction... pam-generic is disabled by default, so this is only going to cause fail2ban to crash for people who have enabled it.

Comment 2 Jonathan Kamens 2014-08-08 12:48:06 UTC
The logpath for the xinetd-fail jail is also wrong -- /var/log/daemon.log, which also does not exist on Fedora.

Comment 3 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2015-02-25 18:57:17 UTC
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.

Comment 4 Orion Poplawski 2015-03-02 20:04:14 UTC
This is fixed in 0.9.1-1.fc20:

# pam-generic filter can be customized to monitor specific subset of 'tty's
banaction = iptables-allports
logpath  = %(syslog_authpriv)s

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2015-03-02 20:08:16 UTC
fail2ban-0.9.1-1.fc20 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 20.

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2015-05-21 04:18:29 UTC
fail2ban-0.9.2-1.fc20 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 20.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2015-05-22 17:58:21 UTC
Package fail2ban-0.9.2-1.fc20:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 20 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing fail2ban-0.9.2-1.fc20'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).

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