I have two Apache instances behind a load balancer that I transfer the requests to, depending on the request type.

Now what I want: when I get too many transactions from an IP address, I want to block that IP for few seconds and send back some response to the client that you have sent too many requests.

So now the question: is there any way that we can handle this situation on my load balancer rather then calling my instances.

How can I handle this on Apache? I am using Apache version 2.2.

  • You might want to give details on your load balancer, if that's what you're interested in re-configuring.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 12:41

1 Answer 1


I would advise you to setup mod_evasive in Apache.

From mod_evasive on Apache

mod_evasive is an evasive maneuvers module for Apache that provides evasive action in the event of an HTTP DoS attack or brute force attack. It is also designed to be a detection and network management tool, and can be easily configured to talk to ipchains, firewalls, routers, and more. mod_evasive presently reports abuse via email and syslog facilities.

To install it in Debian:

apt-get install libapache2-mod-evasive

Edit then mods-available/evasive.conf. Your values may vary depending on how many vhosts you have on the server.

<IfModule mod_evasive20.c>
DOSHashTableSize 2048
DOSPageCount 50                    <---- visites to site in the given time
DOSSiteCount 500                   <---- to pages
DOSPageInterval 2.0                <---- 2 seconds
DOSSiteInterval 1.0
DOSBlockingPeriod 600.0             <--- seconds
DOSLogDir /var/log/apache2/evasive
DOSWhitelist x.x.x.*

For enabling the new mod_evasive configuration, you have to restart Apache.

You might also be interested in commercial services like CloudFlare or Amazon CloudFront.

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