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Hi can anyone help me with PSAD which is at http://www.cipherdyne.com/psad/

What i am trying to do is block ip addresses which try to log into my linux firewall via SSH, and also if someone scans my IP address with let say portscanner or NMAP. i would like these automatcally put in the hosts.deny file but its not working when i get someone to scan my IP address from the web PSAD is not blocking it the next time its scanned
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To enable auto blocking of IP addresses, you need to set the ENABLE_AUTO_IDS variable in /etc/psad/psad.conf to "Y".  You will also need to choose an appropriate danger level for the AUTO_IDS_DANGER_LEVEL variable (the default is 5, which scans almost never reach).  Also, psad supports the use of both iptables and tcpwrappers to accomplish auto blocking, but the default method is to only use iptables (see the IPTABLES_BLOCK_METHOD variable).  If you want psad to use tcpwrappers, then you will need to set TCPWRAPPERS_BLOCK_METHOD to "Y".  Note that the best way to maintain security is to use iptables instead of tcpwrappers since iptables intercepts packets in the kernel before they can even talk to the IP stack, let alone the daemon itself.
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ok thanks for that.
On the bigger picture do you have any step by step handy tips on how to get the best out of PSAD or PDF and website may be
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