fail2ban and Owncloud, cannot access logs of Owncloud

October 18, 2017 179 views
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I followed the instruction for building Owncloud 10 on ubuntu 16.04 server and everything is working well, every clear instructions. However I thought it would be a good idea to add fail2ban to minimise the risk of attempted logins to Owncloud. During the process of building the serve, i found a document on Owncloud that said that you should increase the security on the data folder, so I ran the following command

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/owncloud/ , it would appear that fail2ban or even sudo user cannot access the owncloud.log file as I have have applied the chown command, how can I resolve this issue without compromising the security of the server.

Any help or pointers will be greatly appreciated.


  • I think this should be fixed by a chmod 755 /var/www/owncloud/data/owncloud.log.
    But a better solution would be to use Nextcloud instead. It is fully open source, more secure and has a fail2ban solution build in als bruteforce protection.

  • Thanks, this helped access to the log file, must try and get my head around chmod.


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