xmlrpc.php attack on a non-wordpress droplet

Looks like my server is being hammered by this xmlrpc.php attack. But I’m not even running wordpress, I’m trying a Flask framework so it’s all 404s. Should I just ignore it or could it possibly be lagging my droplet?


I recommend reading a couple of excellent articles on the subject :

  1. How To Protect WordPress with Fail2Ban on Ubuntu 14.04

  2. Block WordPress xmlprc.php DDOS attacks using Fail2Ban


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If the file doesn’t exist, you don’t have anything to worry about it doing anything. Returning a 404 vs a 403 isn’t really going to make a difference, and you can’t stop them from trying.