We use a Google Search Appliance to index our Domino websites. We use Google’s OneBox module to execute FT searches to return results from a database we don’t want Google to index (basically 80,000 journal records we don’t want to be counted against our license total).
Yesterday we upgraded our Search Appliance to the latest version of Google’s software (6.2.0.G14). About an hour after switching it on, one of our Domino servers was hit by a sustained denial of service. The Agent called by the Google OneBox module had saturated all our HTTP threads. The Google box was making continuous requests to the search agent at a rate of nearly 200,000 per hour. The odd thing was, Google’s OneBox module passes across the end-user’s IP address as part of the search query and all requests were coming from 126.96.36.199 – a Google IP address.
It appears that there’s a known issue with the OneBox module that can cause this. (Bug report #2368523). Google immediately applied the patch, and after an hour the requests had stopped.
If you intend to upgrade to 6.2. I suggest you remove all OneBox modules from your front-ends before upgrading
So related to this problem, I find it easy to create a DOS on a Domino server. Calling any agent that takes a second to return results continuously creates a DOS (it might simply be a case of holding F5). Our server’s are set up as per Lotus’s recommendations. But does anyone have any tips for optimising the Domino http stack (Solaris) to avoid DOS?