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From Jan Vávra <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Access control advice needed
Date Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:32:06 GMT
  try to use an IP address or subnet instead of

> Access control advice needed
> I have a website running drupal which is currently under a continuous
> botnet attack, which is causing major performance issues. I'm trying to
> use apache's access control mechanism to block these requests.
> Two characteristics of the attack requests are that they all use
> HTTP/1.0, and a large percentage of them are within one domain.
> When I look at my access log, most requests are coming in from:
> ...etc.
> i tried blocking access using Apache's Deny From as follows:
> <Directory /opt/drupal-7/>
>    Options +FollowSymLinks
>    AllowOverride All
>    Order Allow,Deny
>    Allow from all
>    Deny from
> </Directory>
> However this did not work - all requests are still being allowed in.
> Note that the /opt/drupal-7 directory is a symlink to the actual
> directory which has the full version number.
> Also, since all the botnet requests are marked as HTTP/1.0, I tried to
> restrict access to the user-registration pages using the protocol, as
> follows:
> SetEnvIf Request_Protocol "^HTTP/1\.0$" Bad_Req
> <Location /utenti>
>     Order Allow,Deny
>     Deny from env=BadReq
> </Location>
> However this is blocking everything - HTTP/1.0 or 1.1. "/utenti" is the
> prefix to the user registration page, password-reset page etc. I tried
> changing around the Order, adding an "Allow from all" but in each case I
> either end up blocking everyone or letting all requests through.
> I'd appreciate any advice on how to implement the above or resolve this
> issue in some other way.
> --
> Ramon Casha
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