FIXED - Fail2Ban not sending emails - Fresh automated install

OS type and version: CentOS Linux 7.9.2009
Webmin version: 1.973
Virtualmin version: 6.16

I’m trying out Virtualmin. Looks good so far…
Been running CentOS CWP7 but looking to move to something a bit more truly open source!

So in my case (or just maybe the default install situation).
Turns Fail2Ban did not send emails to advise about intrusions.
This is always good to know.

Anyone else trying to sort this, here’s my findings:

Two modules were missing, Fail2ban-SendMail (sends the emails) and Whois (sends the email recipient IP whois info of jail fail IPs)

To install these from command line:

yum -y install whois
yum -y install fail2ban-sendmail

After installing these you will need to navigate on your server’s web interface to:

WEBMIN > NETWORKING > Fail2Ban Intrusion Detector

When page is loaded choose the “Edit Config Files” button.

When loaded Select the Editing config file dropdown and select:

/etc/fail2ban/jail.local file.

Editing this file - Insert into top of file on line 1:

bantime  = 10m
findtime  = 120s
destemail =
sender = root
sendername = Fail2ban (Or whatever you want)
mta = sendmail
action = %(action_mw)s

Enjoy your Fail2Ban emails!

Then turn them off for being annoying or customise them…… lol


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