Coding comments/suggestions - first python script - sshd/ftpd blocking
If anyone is interested in a /etc/hosts.deny automatic update script
(Unix only) based on sshd/vsftpd attacks, here's a python script:
This is a beta release, and my first attempt at Python coding.
Any comments, suggestions, pointers on using more common Python idioms
or example coding snippets, etc, welcome!
Re: Coding comments/suggestions - first python script - sshd/ftpdblocking
> If anyone is interested in a /etc/hosts.deny automatic update script
> (Unix only) based on sshd/vsftpd attacks, here's a python script:
> This is a beta release, and my first attempt at Python coding.
> Any comments, suggestions, pointers on using more common Python idioms
> or example coding snippets, etc, welcome!
First thing: I had *many* indentation errors (emacs + python_mode on a
linux-box). *Please* take care of this.
I just gave a quick glance, not even pretending to really understand
what the code do, so what follow are just some general advices:
def die(msg, ex=None):
if ex: print ex
- errors messages (including usage) should be written to stderr (stdout
is for normal output)
- you may want to use positional arguments (*args) instead of 'ex'
def die(msg, *args):
print >> sys.stderr, msg
for ex in args:
print >> sys.stderr, ex
self.fp = open(self.path, "r+")
# r+ prevents trashing the file!
except Exception, e :
You should use IOError instead of Exception here.
*Always* use the most specific exception class possible.
if e.errno == errno.ENOENT: # no such file
Here if you have anything else than an IOError (well, anything that
doesn't have a 'errno' attribute), you'll get an AttributeError...
if DEBUG: print " ... first r+ lock file open failed, so opened
with w+ mode"
You may want to define a 'debug_trace' function (or use an existing
trace/log lib) that encapsulate the test...
def load_hosts_deny(self, logoffsets):
self.__remaining_lines = 
if self.__verbose: print " ... hosts.deny: loading from ", self.__denyfile
Same as for DEBUG : you may want to encapsulate the test in a method.
python -c "print '@'.join(['.'.join([w[::-1] for w in p.split('.')]) for
p in 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.split('@')])"
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