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Email Plugin

The Email plugin is shipped by default with CrowdSec. This guide shows how to enable it.

Enabling the plugin:

In the profile configuration (by default /etc/crowdsec/profiles.yaml) , uncomment the section:

# - email_default

Every alert that passes the profile's filter will be dispatched to the email_default plugin.

Configuring the plugin:

The default configuration for the email plugin is located at /etc/crowdsec/notifications/email.yaml. You need to provide the credentials for the SMTP server here.

Example configuration for Gmail

Here's an example configuration that sends alerts to

type: email           # Don't change
name: email_default # Must match the registered plugin in the profile

# One of "trace", "debug", "info", "warn", "error", "off"
log_level: info

# group_wait: # Time to wait collecting alerts before relaying a message to this plugin, eg "30s"
# group_threshold: # Amount of alerts that triggers a message before <group_wait> has expired, eg "10"
# max_retry: # Number of attempts to relay messages to plugins in case of error
timeout: 20s # Time to wait for response from the plugin before considering the attempt a failure, eg "10s"

# plugin-specific options

# The following template receives a list of models.Alert objects
# The output goes in the email message body
format: |
{{range . -}}
{{$alert := . -}}
{{range .Decisions -}}
<p><a href="{{.Value}}">{{.Value}}</a> will get <b>{{.Type}}</b> for next <b>{{.Duration}}</b> for triggering <b>{{.Scenario}}</b> on machine <b>{{$alert.MachineID}}</b>.</p> <p><a href="{{.Value}}">CrowdSec CTI</a></p>
{{end -}}
{{end -}}

smtp_host: # example:
smtp_username: # Replace with your actual username
smtp_password: # Replace with your actual password
smtp_port: # Common values are any of [25, 465, 587, 2525]
auth_type: # Valid choices are "none", "crammd5", "login", "plain"
sender_name: "CrowdSec"
sender_email: # example:
email_subject: "CrowdSec Notification"
# -
# -

# One of "ssltls", "starttls", "none"
encryption_type: "ssltls"

# If you need to set the HELO hostname:
# helo_host: "localhost"

# If the email server is hitting the default timeouts (10 seconds), you can increase them here
# connect_timeout: 10s
# send_timeout: 10s


# type: email
# name: email_second_notification
# ...

The format configuration directive is a go template, which receives a list of Alert objects.

Final Steps:

Restart CrowdSec with the following command:

sudo systemctl restart crowdsec

To verify if the plugin is functioning correctly, you can trigger scenarios using tools like wapiti, nikto etc.