I am using fail2ban with ipfw on FreeBSD. Is there a way to ignore a specific ip address, making sure that fail2ban never blocks or reports it?


See whitelisting on the fail2ban website:

# This will ignore connection coming from common private networks.
# Note that local connections can come from other than just, so
# this needs CIDR range too.
ignoreip =

Another reference here:

First, find ignoreip. It's always important for you to have a way in! These are IPs are fail2ban will ignore - IPs listed here can always have invalid login attempts and still not be blocked. In my file, I'm putting down the network ranges for my internal network ( as well as one other trusted IP address of a machine that I will be able to SSH into if need be. These need to be space separated! If they are not, fail2ban won't block anyone.

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    This (like the docs) says everything except where to put this line. Some sources say jail.conf but my jail.conf file includes the line "YOU SHOULD NOT MODIFY THIS FILE". So should this line be added to jail.local? – user568458 Jan 10 '17 at 11:46
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    It can be added to jail.local, under a line containing [DEFAULT] to introduce the section. – tanius Aug 4 '17 at 12:02
  • you can create a jail.local file if it does not already exist in the same folder as your jail.conf file – Edward Moffett Mar 9 '18 at 19:54

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