If you are a system admin or a webmaster, you will face this question at some point of time. How do I limit connections per user ip in Apache 2.2? Generally, you get good users visiting your site who use the site normally requesting one or two page at a time. But then there are a few malicious user who would want cause grief to you and your server by overloading the server with requests. To handle such malicious user, you need the mod_limitipconn module. This module keeps check on the number of connections a single ip can make simultaneously. There are configurable options that help you tune this module. So, now to the point.. How do I install this on my server?
I am outlining the steps for my server, ie. CentOs 5.2 with Apache 2.2
- wget http://dl.atrpms.net/all/mod_limitipconn-0.23-4.el5.x86_64.rpm
- rpm -i mod_limitipconn-0.23-4.el5.x86_64.rpm
- vi /etc/http/modules/ipconn.conf
Add following to the content of ipconn.conf
# LimitIPConn module limits the number of connection to apache
# per IP address. This helps in limiting the simultaneous downloads and will help
# prevent slow users from blocking your servers.
LoadModule limitipconn_module modules/mod_limitipconn.so
- Make sure ‘ExtendedStatus‘ is ON in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
- You will have to configure the module for each of your virtual host that you need to implement the limitip for.
# exempting images from the connection limit is often a good
# idea if your web page has lots of inline images, since these
# pages often generate a flurry of concurrent image requests
# In this case, all MIME types other than audio/mpeg and video*
# are exempt from the limit check
OnlyIPLimit audio/mpeg video
- Save the config file and test the new configuration “/etc/init.d/httpd configtest”. If you get “Syntax OK”, then all you need to do is restart the server and you are good to go.
This is a brief guide on how I got mod_limitipconn working on my server. If you have any questions, please feel free to post in comment and I will try to answer your questions.