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TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 14.Feb.2007 9:36:56 AM   
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I am getting alerts on the TCP connections per minute being exceeded. It says in the alert that this IP will be blocked from creating new connections for 1 minute.
 
I would like to increase this to 15 minutes. Is there any way to do this? I can't find any way to configure this from the GUI. Is there a registry tweak or a script that can change this?
 

Error message follows:

The number of TCP connections per minute from the source IP address 219.91.72.253 exceeded the configured limit. ISA Server will not allow the creation of new TCP connections from this source IP address during a system-defined time period. By default, this time period is 1 min.

 
 
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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 14.Feb.2007 9:51:21 AM   
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check this :



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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 14.Feb.2007 9:58:45 AM   
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I don't have that option.

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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 21.Feb.2007 11:43:03 AM   
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Since no one responded to my last post about me not having this option, I had to call MS. I have found the responses on this site to sometimes sort of disappear. This would have been an easy question for someone to answer from the site, but I ended up having to blow some of our select contract with MS to get this really simple answer.

Short answer is that this feature has been removed from ISA 2006. The screen shot that elmajdal sent was from ISA 2004 and I have 2006. There is a registry tweak for it, however...

Long answer is an interesting way this feature functions.

If you change this setting it does not just modify the amount of time an IP is blocked from making new connections. It also modifies the amount of time that a large number of connections can be made. It also has an interesting charateristic in the lockout.

Here is how it works:
It an IP tries to make 600 connections per minute, ISA server will not allow any more connections for the remainder of that minute. So if an makes 600 connections in the first 5 seconds, it will be blocked for 55 seconds. If it makes 600 connection in 30 seconds, it will only be blocked for 30 seconds. Got it?

So why can't we increase the no new connections time so the IP address will be locked out longer?

Nice try. Apparently the setting also modfies the time for the number of connections to be exceeded. So if you want to change the time to 10 minutes so the client can't connect for 10 minutes, you have also changed the number of minutes the client has to make the 600 connections. So a client could make 600 connections in 9m 30s, and still only get locked out for 30 seconds.

I suggested they seperate the two functions. Maybe in SP1...

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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 21.Feb.2007 12:26:08 PM   
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mmmm , i didnt notice this options was removed from ISA 2006 !!!

Thanks for the update.

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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 22.Feb.2007 4:46:52 AM   
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I didn't notice that option either within ISA 2006, however it looks like it has been moved under "Flood Mitigation Settings"
 



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RE: TCP per minute exceeded lockout - 10.Nov.2010 8:15:09 AM   
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To configure flood mitigation
  1. In the console tree of ISA Server Management, click General.
  2. In the details pane, click Configure Flood Mitigation Settings.
  3. On the Flood Mitigation tab, configure the following options:
    • Select Mitigate flood attacks and worm propagation to enable flood mitigation. This is selected by default.
    • For each type of potential attack, click Edit to configure the mitigation settings.
    • Select Log traffic blocked by flood mitigation settings if you want to log the blocked traffic. This is selected by default.

  4. On the IP Exceptions tab, click Add to add network elements to which you want to apply a custom limit.
Optimizing logging in case of attack Each time a flood mitigation limit is exceeded, ISA Server generates an alert, indicating the IP address of the offending client. After you identify the list of offending IP addresses, to prevent unnecessary logging, perform the following procedure. This helps improve ISA Server performance during a flood.
To improve ISA Server performance during a flood
  1. Disable logging either on the specific rule that matches the flood or altogether until the flood attack is stopped.
  2. Reconfigure the Connections Limit alerts (or any other types of alerts that may be triggered repeatedly as a result of the specific attack) to Manually Reset.
Notes
  • For more information about network protection in ISA Server, see Network Protection Concepts in ISA Server 2006 at the Microsoft ISA Server TechCenter Web site (http://www.microsoft.com).
  • To open ISA Server Management, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft ISA Server, and then click ISA Server Management.
  • For ISA Server 2006 Enterprise Edition, expand Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006, expand Arrays, expand Array_Name, expand Configuration, and then click General.
  • For ISA Server 2006 Standard Edition, expand Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006, expand Server_Name, expand Configuration, and then click General.
 Important
  • An attacker may generate a flood attack by using spoofed IP addresses, which are included in the exception list. To mitigate this threat, we recommend that you deploy an Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policy between ISA Server and any trusted IP address included in the IP exception list. An IPSec policy will enforce that traffic from these IP addresses is authenticated, thereby effectively blocking spoofed traffic.
  • When you disable the log for denied log entries, you can identify only potential alerts.
  • In Enterprise Edition, custom limits that you configure for the flood mitigations apply to all array members. When counting connections, the count is incremented against the side of the connection that initially initiated the connection.

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