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Topic # 223200 19-Sep-2017 00:50
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Long time reader, first time poster... hi all!


I have a VPS for hosting which I am having issues with an apache attack from a computer somewhere.


I understand the basics but I need someone's help to find the offending machine and fix the issue. The error I get is below, I have many like it. I have asked the host to check for viruses which they have and they cannot find any issue. I'm using a laptop myself which was off at the time of this error so I don't think it's me. 




[Fri Sep 15 10:27:20.897763 2017] [:error] [pid 404] [client] [client] ModSecurity: Access denied with code 406 (phase 2). Operator GT matched 0 at USER:bf_block. [file "/etc/apache2/conf.d/modsec/modsec2.user.conf"] [line "13"] [id "10014"] [msg "ip address blocked for 15 minutes, more than 3 login attempts in 3 minutes."] [hostname ""] [uri "/wp-login.php"] [unique_id "WbvxWDGWhzE8Nx4NrTWnWQAAAF8"]





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  Reply # 1868315 19-Sep-2017 06:54
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That isn't an Apache attack - it is instead informing you it prevented a login to your Wordpress Admin portal.


Put the site behind Cloudflare (


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  Reply # 1868361 19-Sep-2017 08:33
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Have to agree with michaelmurfy; start with Cloudflare or one of its competitors. Cloudflare do have a $0 plan for personal sites.


Your web site is using Wordpress. Looks like they are trying to find unpatched systems or ones with a default password. It is very unlikely that you will find the offending machine. Most likely they are zombie or bot nets doing the bidding of a master in the background.


Strengthen your security posture



  1. Don't host your login page on port 80.
  2. Keep WP patched & updated
  3. Keep your server patched & updated
  4. Decrease your threshold when you start to block a malicious attempt




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  Reply # 1868388 19-Sep-2017 09:09
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Putting a site behind CloudFlare is only useful if you have a Firewall that prevents access from non-cloudflare IPs. Your serve IP hasn't changed and is otherwise still accessible.


That warning message isn't really a problem. I use fail2ban to add attacker IPs to the CloudFlare firewall, and there's no direct access to my IP. AWS is good like that, lots of control.

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  Reply # 1869884 21-Sep-2017 01:16
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Thank you all for the replys. I will make changes as suggested and hope it's stays ok. Thanks

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