Limit number of connections to server

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Tue Apr 4 22:12:57 UTC 2017

You would probably want to also limit the number of connections per IP address, else one IP could lock up the entire site.

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From: Valentin V. Bartenev
Sent: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 1:58 PM
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Subject: Re: Limit number of connections to server

On Tuesday 04 April 2017 17:22:58 Kamil Gorlo wrote:
> Hi,
> is there a way to limit total number of open connections per listening port
> in Nginx? I know that there is limit_conn module but as far as I understand
> it only works on "request" layer, which means connections are counted only
> when request headers have been already read.
> I have problem when number of SSL connections to my server is very high
> (CPU is 100% and server becomes unresponsive), and I would like to "cut"
> new connections after some defined threshold is exceeded. It would possibly
> save some CPU cycles needed to handle SSL handshake, etc.
> Is it possible?

You should use system firewall. Most of *nix systems have one out of the box.

wbr, Valentin V. Bartenev

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