Installing HAProxy For Load Blancing And Protecting Apache From DDos

Installing HAProxy:-

You can check for the latest version here:-
At present 1.5 is in development phase 7 and we are going to use that

Note: The configuration file we have used is for single server Protection not for multiple server and made by its owner Willy Tarreau


tar xvfz haproxy-1.5-dev7.tar.gz
$ cd haproxy-1.5-dev7

Now we have to compile the installation file, we are taking example of centost OS

make install

Now make a new directory and copy haproxy configuration file there

mkdir /etc/haproxy
cd /etc/haproxy
vi haproxy.cfg

change the ip address below and copy it to haproxy.cfg

maxconn 20000        # count about 1 GB per 20000 connections
pidfile /var/run/
stats socket /var/run/haproxy.stat mode 600

mode http
maxconn 19500        # Should be slightly smaller than global.maxconn.
timeout client 60s   # Client and server timeout must match the longest
timeout server 60s   # time we may wait for a response from the server.
timeout queue  60s   # Don't queue requests too long if saturated.
timeout connect 4s   # There's no reason to change this one.
timeout http-request 5s    # A complete request may never take that long.
# Uncomment the following one to protect against nkiller2. But warning!
# some slow clients might sometimes receive truncated data if last
# segment is lost and never retransmitted :
# option nolinger
option http-server-close
option abortonclose
balance roundrobin
option forwardfor    # set the client's IP in X-Forwarded-For.
option tcp-smart-accept
option tcp-smart-connect
retries 2

frontend public

# table used to store behaviour of source IPs
stick-table type ip size 200k expire 5m store gpc0,conn_rate(10s)

# IPs that have gpc0 > 0 are blocked until the go away for at least 5 minutes
acl source_is_abuser src_get_gpc0 gt 0
tcp-request connection reject if source_is_abuser

# connection rate abuses get blocked
acl conn_rate_abuse  sc1_conn_rate gt 30
acl mark_as_abuser   sc1_inc_gpc0  gt 0
tcp-request connection track-sc1 src
tcp-request connection reject if conn_rate_abuse mark_as_abuser

default_backend apache

backend apache
# set the maxconn parameter below to match Apache's MaxClients minus
# one or two connections so that you can still directly connect to it.
stats uri /haproxy?stats
server srv maxconn 254

# Enable the stats page on a dedicated port (8811). Monitoring request errors
# on the frontend will tell us how many potential attacks were blocked.
listen stats
# Uncomment "disabled" below to disable the stats page :
# disabled
bind       :8811
stats uri /


In the above file replace to with your server ip address.

Change your Apache port to 8181 as in configuration file we are using that server srv maxconn 254.In WHM goto Tweak Settings and find Apache non-SSL IP/port and change it to 8181.

Restart apache

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Start haproxy

haproxy -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg

Now we have to check if its working. Go to your stats page to see

Replace serverip with your server ip used in configuration file and you will see full result generated by haproxy


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