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From Jean-Christophe Montigny <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] How to close connection instead of sending 403?
Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 08:20:05 GMT

Perhaps a rather funny solution but... I know that you can define 
specific pages for error codes, in apache. I won't write any directive 
but how about you define /dev/null as the page displayed when a user 
hits a 403 url ? there will still be an open door to a DOS, but there 
will be a reduction of bandwith. Or simpler, you define a page with no 
text in it...

Might sounds scratchy, but...

dtufs wrote:
> --- Boyle Owen <> wrote:
>>It's a constant struggle to keep ahead of them. We 
>>use a variety of strategies (honeytraps, user agent,
>>cookies, behavioural heuristics).
> Although these methods sounds cool (and we use them
> too, as I wrote) they still waste the bandwidth (on
> sending 403-responses). And bandwidth is rather
> expensive with high-quality hosting providers (that's
> why I asked for a better method to deal with this
> issue). 
> If current (often outdated) standards do not allow us
> to solve everyday issues, then they must be changed
> (not adored or worshipped).
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Jean-Christophe Montigny
Responsable Commission Web, Association Planètes
Responsable serveurs, Association Planètes
Etudiant de deuxième année à Grenoble Ecole de Management
Majeure Conseil en Organisation des Systèmes d'Information

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