A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. These systems are compromised by attackers using a variety of methods.

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Apache - How to limit Content-Type header length to avoid CVE-2014-0050?

On Thursday a DoS problem with Tomcat was announced in a Tomcat mailing list ("[SECURITY] CVE-2014-0050 Apache Commons FileUpload and Apache Tomcat DoS"). An attacker seems to be able to cause an ...
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How can I defend against a DRDoS exploiting NTP server on an ESXi host?

Recently, we had some problems with one of our ESXi servers, caused by the NTP Server DRDoS Amplification Attack using ntpdc. How do I configure the NTP server on ESXi to not be exposed to this DDoS ...
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What is an open DNS resolver, and how can I protect my server from being misused by hackers?

I don't have the strongest background in computer security, but yesterday one of my company servers was shut down by our host. It's a server assigned a public IP where I host several web-service ...
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How to read sFlow?

We currently have a very large outbound DDOS Attack coming from one of our machines which is on a Brocade switch and monitored by PRTG. I am looking at the sFlow v5 8 sensor and see Top Talkers and ...
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My Bitnami Tomcat Stack (on EC2 AWS) is generating DoS attack

I have a very small java web app that is deployed on a Bitnami Tomcat Stack on AWS. We are using this app in the company with only 5-10 user base daily, and generating only below 100MB of traffic per ...
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mod_security configuration issue: Error parsing actions: Unknown action: ver

I am trying to install / configure mod-sec using this tutorial, which uses the OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set. However when I go to restart apache, I get the following error: Syntax error on line 53 ...
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Can't stop DDOS [duplicate]

I need a little help dealing with ddos. I'm experiencing 1gb ddos attack on my server and I don't know how to stop it. (1gbs is the maximum speed of the server.) I've the following iptables rules: ...
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How to prevent mod_evasive false positives on partial downloads of large files

I am getting a lot of false positives notices sent by mod_evasive installed on my apache servers. They always happen on large PDF file downloads. When clients download PDFs from my site, they use many ...
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DDOS using ntp server

I've heard about new kind of DDOS where ntp is used for reflection . My questions are really simple : Can you please give details on how they work and clarify? Since ntp is ran over UDP, I suppose ...
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How to avoid DoS in a proxy environment with 1 IP only

We have lots of servers behind a proxy (nginx) and an IP. Users are reaching to their servers through proxy. We add their domain to proxy and route traffic to their servers. The problem is sometimes ...
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sshd running at 100%

I'm running an Ubuntu/WordPress server on Amazon EC2 which is experiencing problems every 24-48 hours: I get a CPU alarm from EC2, log into the server, and discover sshd is running at 99.9% CPU. This ...
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Ideas for redundant / geographically optimized web hosting solution

I need to setup a web hosting solution with the following requirements: No single point of failure. Ability to handle reasonable DDOS attacks (non traffic saturation types) Servers located in ...
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/usr/bin/host being used in HTTP DDoS on Debian? [duplicate]

So I got an abuse complaint for one of my dedicated servers, running Debian 6.0 Sure enough, sometimes, top shows /usr/bin/host using a lot of CPU for no apparent reason, and netstat shows process ...
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Can a ddos attack stop me from ssh'ing into my server?

SOLUTION NOTES Wow so many great things to think about. We have installed mod-security and looking into Monit. Plus not that I don't like my boss but he is not an I.T. guy in profession nor hobby so ...
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How can I mitigate DNS Server outages?

Let's say I have a root domain of "mysite.com". That domain and its sub-domains have DNS served by an external service - let's call them Setwork Nolutions. If this external company is hit with a DDoS ...
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How to minimise effect of mischievous, persistent POST requests

For a few months now one of our shared hosting servers has been persistently and constantly hammered by "POST /" requests from what must be hundreds of thousands of individual IPs. On a number of ...
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Is there a way on the server side to punish evil visitor? [closed]

For example an admin page that should not be visited unless with special cookie or query string token. The point being that anyone who tried and failed would likely be with bad intention. Or when the ...
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DDoS attack simulation using MININET

I´m developing some dynamic security policies using SDN, one of them consist in how the network should respond to a DDoS attack detection. So, I would like to test my policies but I'm having some ...
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TCP DOS: How to terminate CLOSE_WAIT connections? [duplicate]

One of my servers is getting DOS'ed - there are a large number of connections in the CLOSE_WAIT state which are preventing legitimate users from connecting to the system. So is there any way to close ...
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Apache DDOS Prevention

Moved from Stackoverflow. I have a LAMP server running Ubuntu with security programs such as Denyhosts, Fail2ban and with Mod_security installed but seem to constantly be the target of a DDOS attack. ...
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Recent module, what is preferred rcheck or update?

Let's say I have the following rules: iptables -P INPUT DROP iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT iptables -A ...
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DDoS Protection [closed]

Let's say I order a half rack (22U) at any colocation company. They give me a GiGe port and I need DDoS protection. If I use a slot in my rack for Arbor protection, will I be protected up to a certain ...
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Intelligently filtering bogus query strings

A vBulletin site I maintain is on the wrong end of a DoS attack which is inexplicably routing through CloudFlare unimpeded by their DoS protection. The requests look like this: 1 /?ZZZZCQG=XJXAUD ...
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DDoS Attacks & Convictions [closed]

I could probably make a better title, edit it if you find a better way of phasing my problem. Basically what's happened is that a gameserver host thinks I keep attacking their dedicated server with a ...
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Protection against scrapping with nginx

This morning we had a crawler going nuts on our server hitting our site almost 100 times per second. We'd like to add a protection for this. I guess I'' have to use HttpLimitReqModule but I don't ...
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Bingbot spoof localhost ip

So here is a fun one. I'm getting bingbot requests at a certain time everyday that kill the server. Here is the request: 127.0.0.1 - - [14/Sep/2013:08:18:49 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 82810 "-" ...
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Is there a service I can redirect/report DDoS clients to?

Currently experiencing a very mild DDoS attack. Just a brute force login attack. This caused a spike in PHP/MySQL usage so I've just blocked logins except from my IP address. I'm not too worried about ...
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How to interpret this jnettop output?

Looks like I'm currently under a DOS attack or something like that, I've been monitoring the traffic on the server using jnettop, this is a of what I see during normal conditions: ...
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High CPU usage in random IP/Port UDP DDoS

I have been getting these UDP floods with random IPs and ports. randomip:randomport -> myip:randomport 0 byte payload For some reason it is using a lot of CPU. Here is the results of perf top -e ...
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Automation of blocking IP address

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 machine running Apache2 which hosts about 10 wordpress websites. Recently I have been subjected to attacks from clients which seem to be sending POST requests to a wordpress ...
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Correct way to handle security threats to web server on budget [closed]

During our annual security review I was reminded of an incident earlier this year where we received a threat to our organizations web server. It was over a organization policy and threatened to DDoS ...
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How to fight request spam (DDOS i guess) on CentOS server [duplicate]

lately i'm trying to fight DDOS on my CentOS 6.4 server. I have installed CSF and I've set it quite strictly. Yet there is a URL that have like 1000 requests and max 2 per IP (smart ddos-er I guess). ...
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Blocking a TCP Syn Attack

I have recently experienced a TCP Syn attack and since it was from a software like LOIC, it kept happening until I banned the IP Addresses or stopped my system from making output to them. Here is what ...
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Denial of Service coming from Facebook IP addresses

We have a website which appeared to suffer from a denial of service attack. There were several IP addresses involved and these were all registered to Facebook. Here's an excerpt from the Apache log ...
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GRE tunnel / Route traffic based on which domain the user is trying to access

Imagine this kind of setup. 5 servers. 1 server will be the "front-end", all the traffic has to go through it first before going to the 4 other servers. I don't want people to know the IPs of the ...
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How to handle a DDoS attack on a search engine? [duplicate]

We are running a search engine and are seeing a huge amount of fake search queries coming in over the last days from thousands of IP addresses. There is no real pattern in terms of queries text or IP ...
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Ddos attack getting through iptables [duplicate]

I have been using my own self-made "iptables rules" for blocking all the major type of DDOS attacks on game-servers because these attacks were application/game-server specific instead of the general ...
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I am under DDoS. What can I do?

This is a Canonical Question about DoS and DDoS mitigation. I found a massive traffic spike on a website that I host today; I am getting thousands of connections a second and I see I'm using all ...
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How to stop DDOS from unique ip addresses? [duplicate]

I have a problem with a LAMP server where Apache keeps getting lots of request "POST / HTTP/1.1" but always from new IP addresses. Blocking the IPs using iptables obviously won't help. Any ideas how ...
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Under attack what source url source would this be? [duplicate]

We are under attack since about 2 weeks now and did as much as we can to protect oursefs. mod_reqtimeout is doing the job now but I am confused as what is it that they are hiting I found this post ...
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How to prevent DDoS attacks? [duplicate]

I am a creator of a flash game server. I use cloudflare for my site, however the game tcp server cant be protected by CloudFlare. For about 2 months some person DDoSes my game using direct ip. Every ...
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DDOS on Mail server? [duplicate]

My server has been down most of the day, running top shows several Apache processes (httpd) each one using 70% or more of the CPU, and MySql eating almost all memory. I have tried rebooting the ...
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How to prevent Skype DDOS [duplicate]

Is there a way to monitor number of attempted Skype connections on a specified port and dynamically firewall off the offending IPs if they break a certain threshhold within a specific time limit - in ...
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Blocking UDP packets with a length of 4

My server is being flooded with UDP packets with a length of 4 (header is 32 bytes). 04:56:26.844797 IP 108.241.236.114.47034 > 185.5.173.249.14522: UDP, length 4 04:56:26.844831 IP ...
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HTTP attack - Too many connections & TIME_WAIT

I am running CentOS 6 with http -2.2.15 Going under HTTP attack, i can see many http process running. > netstat -nat | awk '{print $6}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n > 1 established) > ...
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Defensing againt DDoS attack on Squid server [duplicate]

My Squid (3.1.20 on Ubuntu 13.04) is under DDoS attack (with about 1000 different IPs). I'm using Basic Authentication on it and all of those requests are getting DENIED response but still they ...
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Is My Website Under DDOS Attack? [closed]

Recently I noticed that the CPU load of my server is increasing rapidly. In any day, the CPU load does not reach 2.5. I have the following server: Intel® Xeon® E3-1270 v2 Single Processor - Quad Core ...
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How to protect from DDOS attack that is coming from an exit node

Newroz Telecom (an ISP) is using an exit node (or gateway) for each city they operate in. That is all the users in city A is sharing one public IP (when the users go to a website to show their IP they ...
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Is this DoS attack [duplicate]

I am seeing a huge number of connections from a single IP. # netstat -alpn | grep :80 | grep 92.98.64.103 tcp 0 0 my.ip.address.x:80 92.98.64.103:45629 TIME_WAIT - ...
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What amount of effort and money should one invest against DDoS threats? [closed]

Typically, when you invest money to protect yourself against some possible threat, you should take into account two factors: the probability (p) of the problem actually happening how much money (m) ...