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From Bojan Smojver <>
Subject Re: Crazy slowloris mitigation patch
Date Sun, 18 Oct 2009 07:35:58 GMT
On Fri, 2009-10-16 at 08:00 +1100, Bojan Smojver wrote:
> While playing with slowloris against prefork, I wrote the attached
> craziness.

Here is another take on the problem, call it "Craziness 2.0".

The idea here is that a busy server is highly unlikely to be stuck
reading using all its children over a maintenance interval (i.e. we
expect at least one of those readers to turn into something else during
the interval).

So, if we find that all children are stuck reading, we simply close the
sockets (SIGINT was chosen arbitrarily for this - it should probably be
something else). After closing the socket by force, we go back to
handling new requests, but this time without the need to fork more
children, which should be more gentle on the machine running the thing.

Similar approach may work for worker too, but sockets would have to be
remembered in thread specific variables and signalling would have to be

As always, glad to provide entertainment to the list ;-)


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