Failed Login Attempts for root User

Failed login attempts

Wow, things are much worse than I expected!

I’m reinstalling one of the dedicated hosts for Tech Stack. Kicked off the reinstall with CentOS 8 and came back a few hours later, to see this:

[greys@s1 ~]$ su -
Last login: Tue Feb  4 01:09:22 CET 2020 on pts/1
Last failed login: Tue Feb  4 01:22:33 CET 2020 from on ssh:notty
There were 84 failed login attempts since the last successful login.

This means that on average there’s 6 login attempts per minute… A good few hundred attempts each hour!

Definitely should switch to key-based SSH logins and deploy fail2ban as the priority!

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