The module keeps trace of all (or selected ones) incoming request's IP source and blocks the ones that exceeded some limit. Works simultaneous for IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
The module does not implement any actions on blocking - it just simply reports that the there is an high traffic from an IP; what to do, is the administator decision (via scripting).
The following modules must be loaded before this module:
No dependencies on other OpenSER modules.
The following libraries or applications must be installed before running OpenSER with this module loaded:
Time period used for sampling (or the sampling accuracy ;-) ). The smaller the better, but slower. If you want to detect peeks, use a small one. To limit the access (like total number of requests on a long period of time) to a proxy resource (a gateway for ex), use a bigger value of this parameter.
IMPORTANT: a too small value may lead to performance penalties due timer process overloading.
Default value is 2.
How many requests should be allowed per sampling_time_unit before blocking all the incoming request from that IP. Practically, the blocking limit is between ( let's have x=reqs_density_per_unit) x and 3*x for IPv4 addresses and between x and 8*x for ipv6 addresses.
Default value is 30.
For how long the IP address will be kept in memory after the last request from that IP address. It's a sort of timeout value.
Default value is 120.
Process the source IP of the current request and returns false if the IP was exceeding the blocking limit.
IMPORTANT: in case of internal error, the function returns true to avoid reporting the current processed IP as blocked.
This function can be used from REQUEST_ROUTE.
One single tree (for both IPv4 and IPv6) is used. Each node contains a byte, the IP addresses stretching from root to the leafs.
Example 2-1. Tree of IP addresses
/ 193 - 175 - 132 - 164 tree root / \ 142 \ 195 - 37 - 78 - 163 \ 79 - 134
To detect the whole address, step by step, from the root to the leafs, the nodes corresponding to each byte of the ip address are expanded. In order to be expended a node has to be hit for a given number of times (possible by different addresses; in the previous example, the node "37" was expended by the 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 hits).
For 188.8.131.52 with x= reqs_density_per_unit:
After first req hits -> the "193" node is built.
After x more hits, the "175" node is build; the hits of "193" node are split between itself and its child--both of them gone have x/2.
And so on for node "132" and "164".
Once "164" build the entire address can be found in the tree. "164" becomes a leaf. After it will be hit as a leaf for x times, it will become "RED" (further request from this address will be blocked).
So, to build and block this address were needed 3*x hits. Now, if reqs start coming from 184.108.40.206, the first 3 bytes are already in the tree (they are shared with the previous address), so I will need only x hits (to build node "142" and to make it "RED") to make this address also to be blocked. This is the reason for the variable number of hits necessary to block an IP.
The maximum number of hits to turn an address red are (n is the address's number of bytes):
1 (first byte) + x (second byte) + (x / 2) * (n - 2) (for the rest of the bytes) + (n - 1) (to turn the node to red).
So, for IPv4 (n = 4) will be 3x and for IPv6 (n = 16) will be 9x. The minimum number of hits to turn an address red is x.
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