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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] xt_connlimit (kernel) - connection limiting
On Sun, 2007-06-03 at 19:18 +0200, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Jun 3 2007 18:00, Andrew Beverley wrote:
> >On Sun, 2007-06-03 at 13:12 +0200, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> >> Adds the connlimit match that has been in POM-NG for a long time.
> >>
> >> * works with 2.6.22, xtables'ified and all that
> >>
> >> * will request nf_conntrack_ipv4 upon load
> >> (otherwise it hotdrops every packet - a glitch that goes back
> >> to at least
> >
> >Excellent! This has been at the back of my mind for a while.
> >
> >Is there any chance of getting UDP flows added as well as TCP
> >connections?
> I dare to say it's easy. The real problem is rather, that UDP is
> connectionless, so for one, connlimit can, by definition of the word
> 'connectionless', not apply to UDP, though it is technically
> possible.


> Second, because UDP "connections" "fly" (timeout after 30
> seconds), just spewing one UDP packet out may kill another connection
> (e.g. if you use connlimit in conjunction with DROP or REJECT).

I see what you mean, although I personally would use this with an IPSET
target, and I would argue it is the responsibility of the administrator
to ensure it is used correctly.

> What's more, UDP packets can be easily forged, much more than TCP, so
> anyone on the same subtree (not subnet, because that's something
> different) can send a bogus UDP packet and stop your connections from
> working.

I didn't know that, but I doubt anyone where I would use it would be
able to do that :-)

> Let's see how to implement UDP counting...

The alternative, as I see it, is to adapt hashlimit to have an option to
limit by number of different concurrent streams to different port
numbers (but same source/destination IP address). However, I personally
think it would sit better in connlimit, even if UDP is not a connection
by strict definition.

Is it something you would consider, or shall I look at it myself?

With regards to Patrick's comment, IIRC this was one of the points he
originally raised.


Andy Beverley

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