Timeout http-request for https


I have been trying to add the following configuration as suggested by many to prevent slowloris type ddos attacks:

timeout http-request 5s.

But it only seems to work when I use http instead of https:

For example:
bind *: 80

bind *:443 ssl crt certificate_path does not.

Any insights would be appreciated , Thanks


This should work fine with https as well.

Can you post a more complete configuration and the output of haproxy -vv?

Also, how are you testing this?


frontend application_ssl
bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/ssl/private/shrey.staging.myservices.com.pem

Abuse protection

    timeout http-request 5s

I am using http-slowloris-check(nmap) script to detect the vulnerabilites
in terms of slowloris attacks. When I use the above configuration, slowloris attacks succeed. The timeout works fine when I remove the highlighted part i.e not use ssl crt part(In bold).
I was also trying to test this using telnet and specified the 443 port, the results were similar.

I have also put some other DDOS protections , pasting the configuration for the same:

   #Reject new TCP connection if the number of TCP connections exceeds 10
    tcp-request connection reject if { src_conn_cur(abusers) ge 10 }

    #Reject connection from a user if numbers of connections in 3s exceeds 20
    tcp-request connection reject if { src_conn_rate(abusers) ge 20 }

    #Track table abuser     
    tcp-request connection track-sc1 src table abusers

These seem to work fine.

Also, I wanted to know how to use the parameter maxconnrate to limit the total incoming connection rate to the load balancer.

Pasting the haproxy --vv output

HA-Proxy version 1.5.15 2015/11/01
Copyright 2000-2015 Willy Tarreau willy@haproxy.org

Build options :
TARGET = linux2628
CPU = generic
CC = gcc
CFLAGS = -g -O2 -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat -Werror=format-security -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2

Default settings :
maxconn = 2000, bufsize = 16384, maxrewrite = 8192, maxpollevents = 200

Encrypted password support via crypt(3): yes
Built with zlib version : 1.2.8
Compression algorithms supported : identity, deflate, gzip
Built with OpenSSL version : OpenSSL 1.0.1f 6 Jan 2014
Running on OpenSSL version : OpenSSL 1.0.1f 6 Jan 2014
OpenSSL library supports TLS extensions : yes
OpenSSL library supports SNI : yes
OpenSSL library supports prefer-server-ciphers : yes
Built with PCRE version : 8.31 2012-07-06
PCRE library supports JIT : no (USE_PCRE_JIT not set)
Built with transparent proxy support using: IP_TRANSPARENT IPV6_TRANSPARENT IP_FREEBIND

Available polling systems :
epoll : pref=300, test result OK
poll : pref=200, test result OK
select : pref=150, test result OK
Total: 3 (3 usable), will use epoll.
Thanks in anticipation


Attaching the complete configuration for reference, the configuration timeout http-request does not work here. It works when I replace the line:
bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/ssl/private/shrey.staging.myservices.com.pem with bind *:443.

I am testing using nmap --script http-slowloris-check and by using telnet. telnet 443 does not timeout after 5 seconds on https, but it does in the second case i.e bind *:443

log local0
#log loghost local0 info
maxconn 4096
user haproxy
group haproxy
tune.ssl.default-dh-param 2048

nbproc 32

log global
mode http
option httplog
option dontlognull
stats enable
option forwardfor
option httpclose
retries 3
option redispatch
maxconn 2000
timeout connect 5000
timeout client 50000
timeout server 50000
timeout http-request 5s

frontend application_server
bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/ssl/private/shrey.staging.myservices.com.pem
# Abuse protection
timeout http-request 5s
tcp-request connection reject if { src_conn_cur(abusers) ge 10 }
tcp-request connection reject if { src_conn_rate(abusers) ge 20 }
tcp-request connection track-sc1 src table abusers
default_backend backend_app1_ssl

backend backend_app1_ssl
balance roundrobin
server mon3 xx.xx.xx.xx:443 ssl verify none
server mon4 xx.xx.xx.xx:443 ssl verify none

backend abusers
# Sticky Table.
stick-table type ip size 200k expire 30s store conn_rate(3s),conn_cur


You are testing incorrectly. telnet is not TLS capable and the http-slowloris-check script in nmap probably isn’t neiter.

openssl s_client -connect

This should timeout after 5 seconds. timeout http-request is about the timeout of a HTTP request, not the timeout of the TLS handshake.


Thanks a lot , the timeout works fine.
Another query is what configuration should I use to limit the total connection rate on haproxy instead of per ip? I tried using maxconnrate but that did not seem to work correctly.

Thanks again


To limit the maximum amount of open connections (and therefor, memory usage), configure maxconn.

Notice that you have per process [1], per section [2], per bind [3] and per server [4] maxconn limits.

[1] https://cbonte.github.io/haproxy-dconv/1.7/configuration.html#3.2-maxconn
[2] https://cbonte.github.io/haproxy-dconv/1.7/configuration.html#4.2-maxconn
[3] https://cbonte.github.io/haproxy-dconv/1.7/configuration.html#5.1-maxconn
[4] https://cbonte.github.io/haproxy-dconv/1.7/configuration.html#5.2-maxconn