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SubjectProbably bug in netfilter hashlimit extension
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Recently I tried to mitigate some slow attacks via netfilter rule
utilizing hashlimit target. I used the following specification:

-A DETECT_INVALID -m hashlimit --hashlimit-upto 10/hour --hashlimit-mode srcip --hashlimit-name attack_invalid -j RETURN

Now I seen some strange stuff. The counter in
/proc/net/ipt_hashlimit/attack_invalid only counts from 60 back to 0 and
then the entry disappears. Than means that a rate of 10/hour will never
ever be detected at all.

On that box I use kernel 3.16.0 from debian backport to oldstable Which
seems to be somewhat equal to 3.16.7. So maybe that bug has beed find
earlier or is even fixed upstream. I have no easy way to upgrade that
kernel short term as the box is productive.

Shorter times like 30/hour with a slightly bigger burst (10 instead of
the default 5) seems to work as expected but is not able to detect the
attacks due to the slow rate.

Am I the only who seen that behaviour or is that a known limitation? I
find no such notes anywhere that there is a limit here. (Although I
would believe that there is a high limit somewhere. But then I would
expect them to be returend with some errno when trying to set a to high
value.)

Please keep me in Cc as I do not monitor this List that often.

Regards
Klaus
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