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From "ryan punt" <>
Subject [users@httpd] Perl CGI + SSL * 900 second timeout?
Date Mon, 06 Mar 2006 18:06:09 GMT
Hello all,

I'm seeing an odd issue on apache2 for Debian Sarge when using SSL (Server version: Apache/2.0.54,
Server built:   Sep  5 2005 11:11:08). I've got a Perl CGI that transfers user files from
one server to another (using the webserver as the intermediary). The file sets can be quite
large, and given environmental factors, network speeds between server can be quite slow.

SO... let's say I'm transferring 250MB of files from server A to server B. The Perl CGI will
SCP the files from server A to the webserver, and when that transfer is finished, will SCP
the files from the webserver to server B. However, there's a problem: after 15 minutes exactly,
the web browser (be it Firefox, IE, or Opera) will stop "spinning" and, basically, sit idle;
that is to say, the progress indicator hits 100% and the "globe" in the corner stops moving.
In the meantime, the Perl CGI is still executing on the webserver; it will complete the transfers
as if nothing were wrong.

At first I thought this was a server-specific issue, so I used apache2 in place of apache-ssl;
unfortunately, the problem persists - after 15 minutes, the browser stops "spinning." Given
that all browsers I've tried so far stop "spinning" at the exact same time, I'm disinclined
to believe that this is a browser issue. 

Again, this is only an issue when using SSL. Turn off SSL and the CGI runs to completion.

In apache2.conf, I've made the following change:
Timeout 3600

My SSL configuration:
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
SSLRandomSeed startup builtin
SSLRandomSeed connect builtin
AddType application/x-x509-ca-cert .crt
AddType application/x-pkcs7-crl    .crl
SSLPassPhraseDialog  builtin
SSLSessionCache         dbm:/var/run/apache2/ssl_scache
SSLSessionCacheTimeout  300
SSLMutex  file:/var/run/apache2/ssl_mutex
SetEnvIf User-Agent ".*MSIE.*" \
         nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
         downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0

The relevant part of my vhost configuration:
NameVirtualHost *
<VirtualHost *>
	DocumentRoot /var/wwws/
	<Directory />
		Options FollowSymLinks
		AllowOverride None
	<Directory /var/wwws/>
		Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
		AllowOverride None
		Order allow,deny
		allow from all

	ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin-apache2/
	<Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin-apache2">
		AllowOverride None
#		Options ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
		Options None
		Order allow,deny
		Allow from

	ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log

	# Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
	# alert, emerg.
	LogLevel warn

	CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined
	ServerSignature On

	SSLEngine on
	SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache-ssl/ssl/usermods.cert
	SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache-ssl/ssl/usermods.key

Has anyone ever seen a situation similar to this?


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