sshd brute force attempts?

Peter N. M. Hansteen peter at
Tue Sep 19 22:45:47 PDT 2006

"Dan Mahoney, System Admin" <danm at> writes:

> I've found a few things based on openBSD's pf, but that doesn't seem to be 
> the default in BSD either.

Recent BSDs (all of them, FreeBSD 5.n/6.n included) have PF in the base system.
'overload' rules are fairly easy to set up, eg 

table <bruteforce> persist

#Then somewhere fairly early in your rule set you set up to block from the bruteforcers

block quick from <bruteforce>

#And finally, your pass rule.

pass inet proto tcp from any to $localnet port $tcp_services \
        flags S/SA keep state \
	(max-src-conn 100, max-src-conn-rate 15/5, \
         overload <bruteforce> flush global)

for more detailed discussion see eg

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