Aborting malicious requests

Friscia, Michael michael.friscia at yale.edu
Mon Mar 19 12:31:20 UTC 2018

Just a thought before I start crafting one. I am creating a location{} block with the intention of populating it with a ton of requests I want to terminate immediately with a 444 response. Before I start, I thought I’d ask to see if anyone has a really good one I can use as a base.

For example, we don’t serve PHP so I’m starting with
Location ~* .php {
Return 444;

Then I can just include this into all my server blocks so I can manage the aborts all in one place. This alone reduces errors in the logs significantly. But now I will have to start adding in all the wordpress stuff, then onto php myadmin, etc. I will end up with something like

Location ~* (.php|wp-admin|my-admin) {
Return 444;

I can imagine the chunk inside the parenthesis is going to be pretty huge which is why I thought I’d reach out to see if anyone has one  already.


Michael Friscia
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Yale School of Medicine
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