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From Guenter Knauf <>
Subject Re: Mitigating the Slowloris DoS attack
Date Mon, 22 Jun 2009 02:27:16 GMT
Hi Andreas,
Andreas Krennmair schrieb:
> For those who are still unaware of the Slowloris attack, it's a
> denial-of-service attack that consumes Apache's resources by opening up
> a great number of parallel connections and slowly sending partial
> requests, never completing them. Since Apache limits the number of
> parallel clients it serves (the MaxClients setting), this blocks further
> requests from being completed. Unlike other "traditional" TCP DoS
> attacks, this HTTP-based DoS attack requires only very little network
> traffic in order to be effective.  Information about the Slowloris
> attack including a PoC tool was published here:
> I thought for some time about the whole issue, and then I developed a
> proof-of-concept patch for Apache 2.2.11 (currently only touches the
> prefork MPM), which you can download here:
wouldnt limiting the number of simultanous connections from one IP
already help? F.e. something like:


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