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Part 3: Blocking Bad Hosts – Blocking Them, Easily (CLI Edition)

In part two, I showed you how to use the Local Security Policy GUI to block the bad guys. There were a lot of pretty pictures for those that prefer the GUI. In this version, I’ll show you how to accomplish the same thing from the command line. This is my preferred method.  It is much simpler to automate and explain.

By following the steps below, you will be able to create a new policy and manage the filter lists and actions. The goal here will be to put all these pieces together into a nice tidy package that is fully automated. Read more

Part 2: Blocking Bad Hosts – Blocking Them, Easily (GUI Edition)

In part two, I want to show how you can quickly setup an ipsec policy to block the bad hosts you identified in part one. While many methods can be used to block hosts, using the Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) and ipsec is a simple method which can be fully automated.

By following the steps below, you will be able to create a new policy and manage the filter lists and actions. In part three, I will explain how this can be done from the command line for all you CLI warriors. This tutorial should be accurate for: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2 (possibly even 2000) Read more

Part 1: Blocking Bad Hosts – Finding Them, Easily

Download Script: get-bad-hosts.zip

While troubleshooting some issues on an OWA Front-End server, I went over to the security log to see if the authentication attempts were getting past this box. The problem I found was the log was so full of failed logon attempts it was difficult to filter out what I was looking for. In a twelve hour period, there were thousands of 529 events in the security log. Now, I know this is nothing new, but I found a few patterns. I manually exported the log to a CSV, parsed out all the source ip addresses and opened it up in Excel. What I found was that 98.7% of failed logon attempts were made by just four different ip addresses.  (I recommend using MaxMind’s GeoIP Address Locator for help in determining where the source addresses are located.) Read more