Using fail2ban to block WordPress login attacks

Fail2ban works by filtering a log file with a regular expression triggering a ban action if the condition is met. After a preset time, it will trigger an unban action. Without much effort, we can have WordPress log all authentication events and have fail2ban react on them.

Using fail2ban from behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer

If your fail2ban is on a host behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer, you’ll want to block the offending IP addresses directly in your LoadBalancer. If your LB is acting as a reverse proxy, you’ll HAVE to block in the LB, but it is also nice to protect all other nodes behind the LB and offloadContinue reading “Using fail2ban from behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer”

Securing Nginx with HTTPS

Adding a certificate and using the HTTPS protocol is a good improvement to the security in the communication between the browser and the server, and should be in place on all sites that have a user login. Contrary to what many (older) guides say, it doesn’t add much load on your server and is fairyContinue reading “Securing Nginx with HTTPS”

Install latest version of Nginx on Ubuntu

I always run the latest LTS version of Ubuntu on all my servers. Unfortunately, the Nginx versions tend to be quite the bit behind the current release. So how do you get an updated, current version of without resorting to having to maintain the packages yourself? Luckily, the Nginx team have their own Ubuntu aptContinue reading “Install latest version of Nginx on Ubuntu”

Install latest version of PHP on Ubuntu

I always run the latest LTS version of Ubuntu on all my servers. Currently the latest LTS is 14.04 which comes with PHP version 5.5, but as of November 2014, the latest stable version is 5.6. So how do you get an updated, current version of PHP without resorting to having to maintain the packages yourself? TheContinue reading “Install latest version of PHP on Ubuntu”

Get your Ubuntu VPS up and running

These are the first steps you should perform on your shiny, brand new VPS to set out on a safe journey on the internets. You don’t actually have to understand each of the steps here, but this post is intented for people who have some clue of what they’re doing. If there is such aContinue reading “Get your Ubuntu VPS up and running”