Install Brute Force Detection (BFD) on your Hosting Server

May 13, 2011 / Servers, Hosting & Email

Brute Force Detection is a Free tool that can be used of avoiding brute force attacks over your web hosting UK servers. The main intention of this attack is to gain SSH/Root access to the server by making use of an algorithm which is capable of running different permutations and combinations to guess the password.

The Brute Force detection is capable of detecting such attempts and hence avoiding the attacker from growing into brute force attack.

Steps to Install BFD (Brute Force Detection)

Before proceeding with the installation of BFD, you are required to install an APF Firewall on the server. This is because, BFD operates in affiliation with the APF firewall, hence offering an enhanced server security. Having done that, you must follow the below steps for installing BFD over the server :

Step I – SSH into your hosting server as root

Step II – Build a temporary directory for storing the downloaded files, using the following commands

mkdir /root/myfiles
cd /root/myfiles

Step III – Using the below command, you must download BFD from rfxnetworks:


Step IV – Extract the files onto the server and make changes to the new directory:

tar -xvzf bfd-current.tar.gz
cd bfd-1.4

Step V – Using the below command you must run the installation file:


You should be able to see a similar message as shown below :

.: BFD installed
Install path: /usr/local/bfd
Config path: /usr/local/bfd/conf.bfd
Executable path: /usr/local/sbin/bfd

You must read through the documentation containing the required details on configuration of BFD and making use of the APF firewall rules in affiliation. You can configure it according to your requirements and then fire the below command :

/usr/local/sbin/bfd -s

You can contact out technical support department for any help with this. You can either raise a ticket via. helpdesk or access our Live Chat for instant 24×7 assistance.

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