Nginx Rate limiting for HTTPS requests

Peter Booth peter_booth at
Sun May 20 18:45:58 UTC 2018

Rate limiting is a useful but crude tool that should only be one if four or five different things you do to protect your backend:

1 browser caching 
2 cDN
3 rate limiting
4 nginx caching reverse proxy 

What are your requests? Are they static content or proxied to a back end?
Do users login?
Is it valid for dynamic content built for one user to be returned to another?

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On May 20, 2018, at 4:24 AM, rickGsp <nginx-forum at> wrote:

>>> As I tried to explain in my previous message, "test runs for 60 
>>> seconds" can have two different meanings: 1) the load is generated 
>>> for 60 seconds and 2) from first request started to the last 
>>> request finished it takes 60 seconds.
>>> Make sure you are using the correct meaning. Also, it might 
>>> be a good idea to look into nginx access logs to verify both time 
>>> and numbers reported by your tool.
> Yes Maxim, I had understood your point. My test actually ran for 60 to 65
> seconds which means it took 5 additional seconds to process the requests.
> Even access logs says the same. Also, on more powerful machine, I get
> expected result for the same test i.e 500 req/sec load but start seeing
> difference at relatively higher load.It seems to me that a results also
> depends on the resources available on the machine running Nginx.
> Surprisingly, CPU was not hitting the peak on both the machines.I am using
> CentOS systems for this testings.
> Actually in another test with plain HTTP requests, I observed the same issue
> of more requests than expected getting processed. However, for HTTP case,
> this behaviour appeared at 700 req/sec input load instead of 500 req/sec as
> in HTTPS. In this test requests got processed within 60 secs.
> With all the test results, I am being forced to think that Nginx rate
> limiting may not be able to stop DDoS attack with very high input load but
> is decent enough to handle sudden spikes and load which is slightly higher
> than configured rate limit, and computing power available also plays some
> role here. Do you think I am right?
> Posted at Nginx Forum:,279802,279874#msg-279874
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