Dealing with portscans

Jeff Laine wtf.jlaine at
Mon Sep 22 17:29:12 UTC 2008

2008/9/22 David Allen <the.real.david.allen at>:
> Over the last few weeks I've been getting numerous ports scans, each from
> unique hosts.  The situation is more of an annoyance than anything else,
> but I would prefer not seeing or having to deal with an extra 20-30K
> entries in my logs as was the case recently.
> I use pf for firewalling, and while it does offer different methods
> (max-src-conn, max-src-conn-rate, etc.) for dealing with abusive hosts, it
> doesn't seem to offer much in the way of dealing with repeated blocked
> (non-stateful) connection attempts from a given host.
> Short of running something like snort, is there a suitable tool for
> dealing with this?  If not, I'll probably resort to running a cronjob to
> parse the logfile and add the offending hosts manually.

Give a try for portsentry from ports collection.


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