[Libwebsockets] force closing http 1.1 or http2 connection from user side

sas spss sas2016spss at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 01:21:04 CEST 2021

Thanks for info. Just to confirm that the simple way ( #define
lws_wsi_close(w, to_kill) lws_set_timeout(w, 1, to_kill ) is to kill the
connection before returning. So the caller of lws_wsi_close() needs to make
sure the wsi of the closed connection will no longer be used after the
lws_wsi_close call. Correct ?   This way also works for https with http2,
right ?

Another question: is there a way in libwebsocket to close the file
descriptor and wsi associated with the TCP connection without sending
anything (no FIN or RST) back to the other end ? This can help slow down
bad clients that keep trying to spam the service.

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 12:41 PM <andy at warmcat.com> wrote:

> On April 20, 2021 7:21:17 PM UTC, sas spss <sas2016spss at gmail.com> wrote:
> >When the server found an invalid authentication header / cookie in a
> >http1.1 keep alive or http2 connectiion, the server wants to close the
> >TCP
> >connection right away to prevent file descriptors being used up by this
> >kind of spam (fake API calls).
> For h1, the transaction is directly on the tcp conn, so closing one is
> closing the other.
> >According to the libwebsocket doc, I called lws_callback_on_writable (
> >wsi
> >) to trigger a writable callback. And then inside of the actual
> >callback,
> >under "case LWS_CALLBACK_HTTP_WRITEABLE", I return -1 for closing
> >connection.
> You can do that, but there is a simpler way
> https://libwebsockets.org/git/libwebsockets/tree/include/libwebsockets/lws-timeout-timer.h#n116-117
> Usually you want the _ASYNC version to close it next time around the event
> loop.
> >In my test with "curl --http1.1 url1 url2 ",  the url1 request has
> >invalid
> >authentication header which triggers above return -1 in writable
> >callback.
> >But curl shows url2 still being served with debug message "re-using
> >existing connection ...".
> Not sure I understand that... returning -1 on writeable for h1 will close
> it. H1 keepalive is really fragile, everything has to have been consumed
> just right to be able to chain on anotjer transaction.
> >So it seems the TCP connection is not closed and still being used as
> >keep-alive connection. Is this the expected behavior ?
> Check the verbose logs.  And use the latest version.
>  If yes, what's
> >the
> >best way to close the connection as quickly as possible so the server
> >can
> >recycle the file descriptor from many of the un-authenticated requests
> >?
> For h1 what you're doing should work afaik.
> >In another situation, like regular user login error, which server does
> >want
> >to send a response with http code 401 back to browser before close
> >connection.  I can't close the connection right after composing the
> >http
> >response since there are still data (http code 401, etc) in send
> >buffer. I
> >tried to return -1 in writable callback under  "case
> >LWS_CALLBACK_HTTP_DROP_PROTOCOL", but that doesn't seem to close the
> >TCP
> >connect either and still allow the next request in keep-alive
> >connection
> >being served.
> >
> >In 2nd situation, what's the best way to schedule closing the TCP
> >connection after the current HTTP response being sent ?
> The link earlier shows how to do it without having to close the second
> part yourself.
> -Andy
> >Thanks a lot,
> >
> >Joe
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