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[resolved] Private IP 255.255.255.255 (9 posts)

  1. garypayne
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    We have a person visiting the site trying to brute force entry coming from the IP of 255.255.255.255. If we block this IP address, will this pose implications as this is in effect, a Private Address and could exist within any private network - or have I got this wrong?

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  2. Wordfence
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    That is not a valid IP address. It looks like a software error. Is it Wordfence reporting that address? Or another tracking package?

    Regards,

    Mark
    PS: If you found this helpful, please rate Wordfence 5 stars.
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

  3. garypayne
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    I guess that it is not valid however, it is the one that is reported by Wordfence.

    30 invalid username login attempts by the user at this ID address and the system is not locking them out despite the setting being checked to immediately lock out invalid usernames and for 10 days.

    Reluctant to block it as it is also a private network (internal) IP address.

    Thanks for your help.

  4. garypayne
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    I still need guidance on whether to block or not? Anyone any views?

  5. Wordfence
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi,

    I think this was a bug introduced in 4.0.2. Please upgrade to 4.0.3 which just went out and see if that fixes it. I think it probably will.

    Regards,

    Mark.

  6. garypayne
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Updated and will see what happens. Cheers

  7. garypayne
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Just to update you, since moving to 4.0.3, and making a few other settings changes in Wordfence (happy to explain what these are if asked to), not having the 255.255.255.255. any more and brute force attempts have dropped to a virtual zero - wonderful! Thank you.

  8. Wordfence
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    Woohoo!! Glad to be of help and glad it's working for you!!!

    Regards,

    Mark
    PS: If you found this helpful, please rate Wordfence 5 stars.
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

  9. langhof
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi,
    I think it's not resolved. My Wordfence-version is 4.0.3 an there is a livetraffic entry (or exactly 39): "An unknown location at IP 255.255.255.255 attempted a failed login using an invalid username..."
    Blocking is impossible.

    Regards,
    Jens

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