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From dtufs <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] How to close connection instead of sending 403?
Date Mon, 20 Jun 2005 12:35:05 GMT

--- Boyle Owen <> wrote:

> The RFC specifically
> requires the server to respond to valid requests
> with a response message (which may be 403
> Forbidden). Unfortunately, there's nothing in the
> RFC that allows for "closing a connection".

Well, these "standards" were obviously written by
people who have never used commercial web hosting and
who have never had to deal with DDoS attacks, worms,
spam bots, or users who set their update check bots to
download a page twice a second (and always the entire
page even when it is unchanged). But this is probably
the wrong mailing list for such a discussion.

Thanks for the replies. 

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