fail2ban.actions.action: ERROR

Found some discussion on dealing with “fail2ban.actions.action: ERROR” errors from fail2ban. Basically there’s a race condition and a few suggestions to deal with it. One is to modify /usr/bin/fail2ban-client like this:

def __processCmd(self, cmd, showRet = True):
	beautifier = Beautifier()
	for c in cmd:

But the other one, that I think I like better, is to edit /etc/fail2ban/actions.d/iptables-multiport.conf to include a call to sleep for a random time up to three seconds:

 actionstart =   sleep `perl -e 'print rand(3);'`
             iptables -N fail2ban-<name>
             iptables -A fail2ban-<name> -j RETURN
             iptables -I INPUT -p <protocol> -m multiport --dports <port> -j fail2ban-<name>