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Remote rules allow a stricter enforcement of limits on attempts to log in compared to attempts coming from a local network like an office.
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ssh stream * * -ssh 3 24h
With such a rule, any new blacklist rules are added to an anchor called <literal>blacklistd-ssh</literal>.
To block whole subnets for a single rule violation, a <literal>/</literal> in the rule name can be used. This causes the remaining portion of the name to be interpreted as the mask to be applied to the address specified in the rule. For example, this rule would block every address adjoining <literal>/24</literal>.
22 stream tcp * */24 3 24h
It is important to specify the proper protocol here. IPv4 and IPv6 treat /24 differently, that is the reason why <literal>*</literal> cannot be used in the third field for this rule.
This rule defines that if any one host in that network is misbehaving, everything else on that network will be blocked, too.
The sixth field, called <literal>nfail</literal>, sets the number of login failures required to blacklist the remote IP in question. When a wildcard is used at this position, it means that blocks will never happen. In the example rule above, a limit of three is defined meaning that after three attempts to log into <application>SSH</application> on one connection, the IP is blocked.
The last field in a blacklistd rule definition specifies how long a host is blacklisted. The default unit is seconds, but suffixes like <literal>m</literal>, <literal>h</literal>, and <literal>d</literal> can also be specified for minutes, hours, and days, respectively.
The example rule in its entirety means that after three times authenticating to <application>SSH</application> will result in a new PF block rule for that host. Rule matches are performed by first checking local rules one after another, from most specific to least specific. When a match occurs, the <literal>remote</literal> rules are applied and the name, <literal>nfail</literal>, and disable fields are changed by the <literal>remote</literal> rule that matched.
Remote Rules
Remote rules are used to specify how blacklistd changes its behavior depending on the remote host currently being evaluated. Each field in a remote rule is the same as in a local rule. The only difference is in the way blacklistd is using them. To explain it, this example rule is used:
[remote] * * * =/25 = 48h
The address field can be an IP address (either v4 or v6), a port or both. This allows setting special rules for a specific remote address range like in this example. The fields for type, protocol and owner are identically interpreted as in the local rule.
The name fields is different though: the equal sign (<literal>=</literal>) in a remote rule tells blacklistd to use the value from the matching local rule. It means that the firewall rule entry is taken and the <systemitem class="netmask">/25</systemitem> prefix (a netmask of <systemitem class="netmask"></systemitem>) is added. When a connection from that address range is blacklisted, the entire subnet is affected. A PF anchor name can also be used here, in which case blacklistd will add rules for this address block to the anchor of that name. The default table is used when a wildcard is specified.
A custom number of failures in the <literal>nfail</literal> column can be defined for an address. This is useful for exceptions to a specific rule, to maybe allow someone a less strict application of rules or a bit more leniency in login tries. Blocking is disabled when an asterisk is used in this sixth field.
Remote rules allow a stricter enforcement of limits on attempts to log in compared to attempts coming from a local network like an office.
Blacklistd Client Configuration
There are a few software packages in FreeBSD that can utilize blacklistd's functionality. The two most prominent ones are <citerefentry><refentrytitle>ftpd</refentrytitle><manvolnum>8</manvolnum></citerefentry> and <citerefentry><refentrytitle>sshd</refentrytitle><manvolnum>8</manvolnum></citerefentry> to block excessive connection attempts. To activate blacklistd in the SSH daemon, add the following line to <filename>/etc/ssh/sshd_config</filename>:
UseBlacklist yes
Restart sshd afterwards to make these changes take effect.
Blacklisting for <citerefentry><refentrytitle>ftpd</refentrytitle><manvolnum>8</manvolnum></citerefentry> is enabled using <literal>-B</literal>, either in <filename>/etc/inetd.conf</filename> or as a flag in <filename>/etc/rc.conf</filename> like this:
That is all that is needed to make these programs talk to blacklistd.
Blacklistd Management
Blacklistd provides the user with a management utility called <citerefentry><refentrytitle>blacklistctl</refentrytitle><manvolnum>8</manvolnum></citerefentry>. It displays blocked addresses and networks that are blacklisted by the rules defined in <citerefentry><refentrytitle>blacklistd.conf</refentrytitle><manvolnum>5</manvolnum></citerefentry>. To see the list of currently blocked hosts, use <command>dump</command> combined with <option>-b</option> like this.
<prompt>#</prompt> <userinput>blacklistctl dump -b</userinput>
address/ma:port id nfail last access OK 6/3 2019/06/08 14:30:19
This example shows that there were 6 out of three permitted attempts on port 22 coming from the address range <systemitem class="netmask"></systemitem>. There are more attempts listed than are allowed because SSH allows a client to try multiple logins on a single TCP connection. A connection that is currently going on is not stopped by blacklistd. The last connection attempt is listed in the <literal>last access</literal> column of the output.
To see the remaining time that this host will be on the blacklist, add <option>-r</option> to the previous command.
<prompt>#</prompt> <userinput>blacklistctl dump -br</userinput>
address/ma:port id nfail remaining time OK 6/3 36s
In this example, there are 36s seconds left until this host will not be blocked any more.
Removing Hosts from the Block List


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