How to prevent wordpress xmlrpc.php attack Print this Article
Xmlrpc is a type of attack in which your site goes down and if you see the error log of nginx
tailf /var/log/nginx/error.log then there will be several xmlrpc request error. here is the fix for this.
Here is the steps i used to fix this issue with Fail2ban.
# apt-get install fail2ban iptables
# cd /etc/fail2ban
# cp jail.conf jail.local
# vim jail.local
Paste and append bellow lines at the end of file
[xmlrpc] enabled = true filter = xmlrpc action = iptables[name=xmlrpc, port=http, protocol=tcp] logpath = /var/log/nginx/bantime = 43600 maxretry = 2
Save.Now Create a fail2ban filter for this.
# vim /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/xmlrpc.conf
[Definition] failregex = ^<HOST> .*POST .*xmlrpc\.php.* ignoreregex =
Save and exit
# service fail2ban restart
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